Report on Housing for Older People, Future Perspectives
As people age they spend more time in their own homes. This means that older people’s quality of life, and thus their health, can depend on the appropriateness of their home environment and the conditions in which they live. For many, living in adapted or specialist housing reduces reliance on health services and can contribute to a greater sense of wellbeing.
Age Friendly Ireland are delighted that a report on Housing For Older People, Future Perspectives is about to be launched. This report presents the research and findings of the SLIOTAR project, which set out to review housing design, assistive living technologies and social interventions used in the Great Northern Haven (GNH) development in Dundalk by comparing them with other national and international case studies of older-person-specific housing projects. SLIOTAR is an acronym for ‘Sustainable Living Integrating Older people with Technological Advancements in Regeneration Limerick’.
The Great Northern Haven Housing project in Dundalk provides an excellent example of inter-agency cooperation. The study aims to provide insight into this collaborative working, and to provide some guidance to planners and designers charged with the creation of more liveable, sustainable, resource effective and enabling housing solutions for older people.
The research findings and recommendations have been presented to the County and City Management Association, Housing Committee (CCMA, HC), the Department of Environment & Local Government and the Department of Health who have committed to supporting the dissemination of the findings of the research, and to Age Friendly Alliances and Housing SPCs around the country.