Adapting houses so elderly people can stay in their homes could save NHS ‘£2.5bn a year’


Document lead author Dr Helen Meese said: “About seven million UK houses are headed by someone aged over 65, who will undoubtedly prerequisite some form of assistive technology to help with everyday enduring within the coming decade.
“Homes built with older man in mind, as well as retrofit technology for our existing housing stock, could not solitary allow people to live in their homes for longer, but also massively triturate costs for the NHS and social care system.”
Physical inactivity costs the NHS £10billion a year and £2.5billion is out on care annually as a result of poor housing according to the report Salutary Homes: Accommodating an Ageing Population.
But Dr Meese said simple, low-cost family modifications such as installing handrails, outside lighting and slip-resistant interfaces have been shown to result in a 39 per cent drop in mistreatments and a 26 per cent reduction in medical treatment. 
And building or adapting bailiwicks to suit the ageing population could help them avoid the prerequisite to downsize, which often exacerbates mobility issues and the onset of susceptibility.
The Healthy Homes report calls for the Government to introduce financial goads for construction firms to build homes that are “flexible and will course the generations”.
It also recommends the inclusion of older people in the design take care of and outlines the potential for new markets in smart technology to help to tackle the obtaining inadequate housing stock.

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