Housing, Care and Health

Over 25 stakeholders have signed up to a renewed commitment to taking joint action to improving health through the home.

A revised version of the document ‘Improving Health and Care through the Home: A National Memorandum of Understanding’  (MoU) has just been published.

Public Health England has published a robust, evidence based, Return on Investment (ROI) tool to assist with effective commissioning of falls preventionclick here

Home modifications come out top

Of the 4 interventions included in the analysis, the home assessment and modification intervention provided largest returns on investment, both financial and societal, and provided the greatest return overall. [Feb 2018]

Health, Care and Housing. Centre for Ageing Better, a summary of a collaborative workshop [March 17].

Commissioning Guide for Rehabilitation. This guidance is intended for use by clinical commissioning groups to support them in commissioning rehabilitation services for their local population. It may also be of use to others with an interest in rehabilitation [Feb 17].

Falls and Fractures Consensus Statement published by Public Health England [Jan 17]

Integration in Action: Evaluation of Age UK Warwickshire’s Housing Options Service . Care & Repair England [2017].

Home from Hospital. How housing services are relieving pressure on the NHS. [Sept 17]

Sustainability and Transformation Plans:: Analysis of extent to which housing and ageing are mentioned in STPs. Care & Repair England [2017].

Improving Health through the Home. Public Health England [2017].

Quick Guide to Health and Housing. NHS England [Oct 2016].

Good Housing: Better Health. Published by a collaborative involving academics and practitioners, this report calls for a rebalancing of housing policy so that unhealthy housing is tackled alongside strategies for increasing new housing supply. Main report available here, summary here [July 16].

This Housing LIN Practice briefing equips housing, care and support practitioners, and public health teams, with ideas about practical actions they can take to reduce health inequalities [July 16].

Discharging older people from acute hospitals. This report from the Public Accounts Committee challenges the Government to address the scale and cost of delays in discharging older patients from hospital, concluding “Patients and the NHS have a right to expect better”. [July 16]

Good Housing, Better Health:.  This new report from a collaborative involving academics and practitioners, calls for a rebalancing of housing policy so that unhealthy housing is tackled alongside strategies for increasing new housing supply [July 16]

A number of quick guides aimed at transforming urgent and emergency care services in England are available on the NHS England website.

Developing integrated, impartial information and advice about housing and related care and finance – A guide for commissioners from EAC FirstStop and Care & Repair England [May 16].

Living Well in Old Age:: The value of UK housing interventions in supporting mental health and wellbeing in later life. Meredith Fendt-Newlin, Michelle Cornes, Jill Manthorpe and Jo Moriarty, Kings College London [May 16].

Social Prescribing – a guide for local authorities, LGA [May 16].

Making the case evaluation sets out how local integrated FirstStop housing and care information and advice services help to deliver on care and health outcomes, improve the wellbeing of older people and make savings to the public purse. [2016]

The role of housing in effective hospital discharge– a report from CIH and Skills for Care [March 16].

Health and Housing Evidence issues – three related reports from the Kings Fund. Commissioned by the National Housing Federation these reports from the new NHS Alliance and the King’s Fund focus on housing associations but may have wider relevance to housing interventions.

These three reports cover:-

Health professionals’ attitudes to evidence and the influence it has on decision making.

Developing a business case for health and how the housing sector can go about making it stronger.

The economic case for closer working between the housing and health sectors.

Off the Radar: Housing disrepair and health impact in later life. This succinct report from Care & Repair England draws on new data from BRE and sets out the national picture with regard to the scale of poor housing amongst older people, the concentration of poor housing in the owner occupied sector and the resulting health impact [March 16].

Closing the health gap – a gap worth closing: How housing can play its part in reducing health inequalities.

Dementia and Housing: As assessment tool for commissioners, Housing LIN [May 16]

The Older People’s Health and Wellbeing Profile:  Developed by Public Health England, this tool can be used to examine the health and care of older people across local authorities in England. It enables identification, comparison and monitoring of trends through interactive charts of 95 indicators.

Infographic from Care & Repair England with key facts and figures about Older People, Housing, Health & Care [2015]

The Building Research Establishment has created this housing and health “cost calculator” in March 2015.

A joint Memorandum of Understanding to support joint action on improving health through the home signed by twenty organisations in January 2015

The delivery of independent information and advice for older people which brings together housing and care options and related financial advice is the focus of Making the Case by Age UK. Care & Repair England, Elderly Accommodation Counsel, Foundations and Independent Age. (2015)

Search engine failure Housing and care advice in the North West  – how good local council websites perform on advice and information for older people especially since the Care Act has given councils a duty to deliver information and advice. (2015)

Hospital to Home – the housing links

Care & Repair England, on its home from hospital pages, has produced models and resources to improve the connection with housing services that can enable older people to move out of hospital and prevent hospital admission. It worked to spread good practice on linking housing and hospitals with Home2Hospital good practice guides.

Housing and health cost calculator

The Building Research Establishment has been at the forefront of quantifying the social cost of poor housing and has created this housing and health cost calculator. It was published in March 2015. The Cost of Poor Housing to the NHS which provides a strong case for achieving significant public health gains through focusing on the most cost-effective improvements to the homes of the most vulnerable people.

Memorandum of Understanding

This joint Memorandum of Understanding Memorandum of Understanding to support joint action on improving health trhoguh the home was signed by twenty organisations ( in January 2015) including Government Department and public bodies. Includes an action plan for those who have signed the memorandum and provides a model for similar local agreements.