The Centre for Ageing Better and nine organisations from across the housing and charity sectors are today warning of a crisis in the provision of suitable housing for older and disabled people as they launch a new coalition to campaign for accessible homes.
Recent research showed that less than half of local housebuilding plans in England included provision for accessible homes. Meanwhile the number of households headed by someone aged 65 and over has increased by more than a million since 2010/11. By 2030, projected figures suggest that there will be just one new accessible home built for every 15 people over the age of 65.
The HoME coalition has today launched a 7-step charter to transform new housing, including recommendations for central and local government, estate agents, and developers.
“Euskadi Lagunkoia” is a project of the Department of Employment and Social Policies of the Basque Government in collaboration with Matia Instituto, which is aimed at promoting participation of citizens as well as the public, private and social sector to develop a movement to foster age-friendly living environments.
This initiative is based on the “Age-friendly Environments Programme” promoted by the World Health Organisation. At the present time more than 60 cities and towns throughout the Basque Country are members of this Network and more than 800 are in the world Network of the WHO.
The III Conference “Good European Age-Friendliness Practices” is part of this project.
Silvia Urra (TECNALIA) presented the project Homes4Lifein TABLE 1: Best practice in Europe.
This International Congress & Exhibition is a global forum for the exchange of knowledge on the research, policy and practice of designing healthy and sustainable cities and communities.
The presentation was held in a parallel track entitled “Designing for ageing” chaired by Hugh Barton, Emeritus Professor of planning, health and sustainability in the WHO Collaborating Centre at the University of the West of England, Bristol.
Interesting discussion have permitted dissemination of Homes4Life’ existence and focus to a UK audience of architects and designers, property developers, urban planners, and public authority representatives.
CERTIVEA contributed to the Cities to Be International Congress, an industry event for professionals in sustainable construction.
Cities to Be is a conference promoting action aimed at:
BEING UPDATED ON feedback from the field in France and abroad
SHARING good practices and solutions
MOBILIZING stakeholder dynamics
RAISING AWARENESS and PUTTING INTO PRACTICE over the time frame 2030-2050
During the specific “Networks day”, Patrick NOSSENT, CEO of CERTIVEA, gave an update on CERTIVEA prospective activities related to ICT (Information & Communication Technologies), including Homes4Life, and other connected initiatives such as 4Grids (Ready2Services extended for Smart Grids) and BIM4Value. He presented the main objectives and timeline of the Homes4Life project.
The event contributed to raise awareness about the project, and to outline the future Homes4Life Certification Scheme, to an audience already familiar with the current portfolio of CERTIVEA certifications focused on sustainability. Some of the attendees might become assessors for the future Homes4Life certification scheme, or consultants who would provide advices to future users of this certification scheme.
Estelle Huchet, from AGE Platform Europe, moderated a panel at the final conference of the atHOME European project.
On 22nd October 2019, POUR LA SOLIDARITÉ – PLS organised a conference in Brussels on the development of professional skills for home helpers, and on improving the quality of care for the elderly person at home. This event was part of the atHOME European project which aims to improve the maintenance of older and dependent people at home.
Among the topics covered: the issue of training, interaction and cooperation between the various actors of the home help and care, all for the benefit of the well-being of the elderly.
Both speakers and the audience of the events highlighted the importance to get age-friendly housing: they bring benefits for their occupants, and they also indirectly support better working conditions for carers / home helpers, and thereby to reinforce attractiveness of these jobs.
Regis Decorme from R2M Solution attended and disseminated Homes4Life at Innovative City 2019 | Innovation for Better life and Smart Business | in Nice, France, 15 October 2019.
This new edition of Innovative City had a specific track focused on healthcare & territories, e-Health as well as telemedicine which provided useful insights on additional dimensions that might be incorporated into the future Homes4Life certification scheme.
The conference brought together a variety of key players in the housing sector, such as social housing providers, local authorities, statutory bodies, government departments, private sector players, health services and the wider NGO sector.
Almost 350 participants attended and the event explored the themes of innovation, delivery and sustainability for successful initiatives as well as an award for best successful Irish project in different categories, including housing for older adults. Besides speakers from Ireland, the conference featured speakers from the EU and the US, who reflected what the actors in Ireland can learn from activities abroad.