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Extra care housing: The current state of research and prospects for the future

Darton, Robin (2022) Extra care housing: The current state of research and prospects for the future. Social Policy and Society, 21 (2). pp. 292-303. ISSN 1474-7464. E-ISSN 1475-3073. (doi:10.1017/S1474746421000683) (KAR id:90594)

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Extra care housing aims to meet the housing, care and support needs of older people, while maintaining their independence in self-contained accommodation. Evidence from several studies suggests that it has benefits for residents in terms of costs and outcomes, and can provide a supportive environment for people with dementia, although the benefits for residents with greater care needs are less clear. Budgetary pressures and increasing eligibility criteria are altering the balance of care between residents and resulting in more task-focused, less personalised care. An increasing shortfall in provision and incentives for developers to concentrate on ‘lifestyle’ provision raise questions about the long-term viability of the model for supporting local authority-funded residents. Responses to the coronavirus pandemic also raise questions about future housing and care arrangements, and these need to be addressed in the government’s long-delayed plans for social care.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1017/S1474746421000683
Projects: Policy Research Programme
Uncontrolled keywords: Dementia, extra care housing, older people, social care
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Funders: National Institute for Health Research (
Depositing User: Robin Darton
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2021 11:54 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 16:46 UTC
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