How does our housing make us feel?

Martin Hodges, Health & Housing Programme Lead at Care & Repair England tells us:

“Spinal cord injury has a devastating impact on individuals and their family members. One of the challenging elements to adjustment is the suitability of the home in respect of accessibility and use of facilities. This study undertaken by Loughborough University and Aspire Housing examined people’s experience of living in adapted and un-adapted housing drawing out the value of home modifications in respect of the ability, or otherwise, of being able to undertake the activities of day to day living. The report also makes recommendations to address some of the issues revealed through interviews.”

With this reminder that housing is about our lived experience and quality of life, housing adaptations across the life-course have always been a fundamental environmental health role and with population ageing comes new challenges around staying in our own homes. For environmental health to place itself more centrally in public health we need to take a wider remit and work more creatively with others. With this in mind I am pleased to report that Stewart et al (2014) Ageing at home: meeting housing, health and social care needs, was one of the Journal of Integrated Care’s most downloaded articles for 2014-15 and is currently available free of charge – click here.

We also have other things in press around older people and housing – more information to follow another time. These publications show how we can all write up elements of our work for publication to help promote environmental health roles. There are multiple opportunities.

Don’t forget that I am constantly updating our housing open access resources pages. Please do let me know of anything else you think I can add and do circulate this link to anyone you think may be interested.

On another note, focusing on housing need can be no more acutely felt than for those sleeping on the streets. This article in The Guardian serves as an uncomfortable reminder of why we all need to do more. It’s about our nation’s health, after all.



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