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Homes 'unsuitable' for over 80s

A leading architectural body has called for urgent changes in the way housing for older people is designed and built.

In its report, ‘Homes for our old age’, Cabe calls for radical change, arguing little suitable housing stock exists for the over 80s despite the fact that they are society’s fastest-growing age group.

Of all the possible changes to design, the report highlights the installation of improved lift technology as particularly helpful to an ageing population, arguing such a move could make upper floors more accessible.

Cabe chief executive Richard Simmons said: “People who receive care where they live don’t want their house to stop feeling like a home. As we age, the design of our home plays an increasing part in how busy and interesting our life is.

“We think that the people who are responsible for commissioning such housing schemes - the local authorities, health trusts and RSLs - really do need to up their game quickly. Otherwise they will be condemning more and more of us to an isolated and lonely old age.”