News

In this section we highlight any current research funding specifically for housing and ageing research, plus relevant newly published relevant housing & ageing research.

Care & Repair England is keen to contribute to development of housing and ageing research proposals related to its priority areas (e.g. current housing stock, its condition, adaptation, and links to health & wellbeing of older occupants), support research bids and disseminate important findings so please do not hesitate to contact Martin Hodges martinhodges@careandrepair-england.org.uk.


OPEN CALLS

New Call: EPSRC and NIHR funding for research into ‘Transforming care and health at home and enabling independence’ 

Researchers are invited to apply for funding (up to £10m) for a multidisciplinary project enabling people to transform their care and health and be more independent.

Full details of the call can be found here on the UKRI Funding Finder

Linked webinar: 16th Sept 21. To register click here.

Deadline for submission of Expression of Interest :16:00 on October 7th.

[August 2021]

HOUSING & AGEING RESEARCH

New study shows minor adaptations highly cost effective for preventing falls in the home 

Minor home modifications costing c. £300 per property reduced home fall injury rates by around a third, according to the findings of a new study [published in The Lancet.]

The three-year randomised control trial, carried out in New Zealand, involved installation of low-cost home modifications followed by tracking of falls injury rates amongst the intervention and control groups.

The main findings revealed a 31% reduction in home fall injury rates per year in the intervention group and a 40% reduction in falls injuries specific to the intervention (previous study values were 26% and 39% respectively). This is considered a highly cost-effective intervention for falls injury prevention as the average cost of the home modifications was approximately £300 per dwelling*.

The study was undertaken specifically involving Māori households as this group experience significant health inequalities. The study had similar aims to earlier research, also undertaken in New Zealand involving Māori households, but with a wider range of housing modifications. The geographical coverage of this recent study was more urban and involved amended sensitivity analysis.

*Home modifications included handrails for outside steps and internal stairs, grab rails for bathrooms, outside lighting, repairs to window catches, high-visibility and slip-resistant edging for outside steps, fixing of lifted edges of carpets and mats, non-slip bathmats, and slip-resistant surfacing for outside areas. 

STUDY DETAILS: Keall D et al (2021) Home modifications to prevent home fall injuries in houses with Māori occupants (MHIPI): a randomised controlled trial      DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S2468-2667(21)00135-3 

[September 2021]      

 English Housing Survey: New Topic Reports and linked Data Tables

Following on from the EHS Headline Report 2019-20  earlier in the year, in depth analysis of specific aspects of housing, alongside related Annex Tables, has now been published.

There are topical subject reports covering Home adaptations, Home ownership, Private rented sector, Social rented sector, Energy, Wellbeing and neighbourhoods, Feeling safe from fire.

The Home adaptations report reveals that of the 1.9 million households in England which included one or more people with a health condition that required adaptations to their home, 1 million (53%) of these households did not have all the adaptations that they needed. This is an increase since 2014-15 when 45% (864,000) of households that required adaptations lacked one or more of the adaptations they needed.

[July 2021]

Housing Policy and Poor Quality Homes

This research undertaken by the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Research and commissioned by the Centre for Ageing Better, draws upon an extensive review of previous initiatives designed to address the problem of poor quality housing to generate a series of recommendations to support a coordinated response to improve the quality of housing, involving national and local government, other public bodies, voluntary and community sector agencies, and the private sector.

[May 2021]