Environmental health has always had a role to play in housing conditions and with demographic change, the need to respond to ‘ageing in place’ is greater than ever. Environmental health is a key partner in helping ensure that housing, health and social care needs are effectively met and it is important that we think about our future roles now, the quality of services we would like to deliver (and potentially receive) and how health and care needs might be funded and otherwise resourced.
At a recent reception at the House of Lords, Care and Repair launched ‘On the Cusp? Integration of housing, care & health for older people’. They are asking for their new brochures ‘On the Cusp’ which highlights the critical next steps in the current integration agenda, and ‘Ageing well at home’ which sets out the case for this being a useful principle upon which to base a range of policies concerning older people, to be widely circulated.
We hope you are able to include this work in informing your research and practice.
With best wishes, Jill