Report released sets out roadmap for providing options for housing with care and support for older people 

Posted on Nov 16 2021

“We all want to live in a place we call home with the people and things we love, in communities where we look out for one another, doing the things that matter most.”  A report has been released this week by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) for commissioners and managers in health and […]


“We all want to live in a place we call home with the people and things we love, in communities where we look out for one another, doing the things that matter most.” 

A report has been released this week by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) for commissioners and managers in health and social care that develops a vision and roadmap for providing more options for housing with care and support. It is the result of the research undertaken by the Commission on the Role of Housing in the Future of Care and Support. 

The focus of the report was on the needs of people over the age of 65, although it also takes account of examples of promising practice in relation to working-age adults (including those with learning disabilities). The Commission also considered the specific needs of diverse communities who often find it more difficult than others to access high-quality housing that facilitates their care and support. 

“In the future, if people are to move into housing with care and support, a good choice of options must be available locally so we are not simply “placed” in a one-size-fits-all approach to care.” 

The case being made by the Commission for change, they say, is compelling and urgent. The report addressed that “without far-reaching and sustained change nationally and locally, we will see the gap in the choice worsen, quality decline, inequalities widen and the economic costs grow.”  

The report highlights the need for person-centred care that ensures independence for the individual. Whether that be in their own home or in another form of housing arrangement such as Shared Lives.  

The Commission uses seven key principles of excellence that reflect this vision of the future: 

  1. Person-centred and outcome-focused

  2. Community connectedness 

  3. Strong leadership culture and workforce 

  4. Adopting innovation 

  5. Enabling choice and control 

  6. Promoting equality 

  7. Co-production and shared decision-making 

Supported Living and Shared Lives care were included in the report as one of the types of “housing with care and support”. The key principles of excellence listed in the report echo many of the core principles that guide Shared Lives care.  A person-centred approach to care, that at all times supports the individual to be independent and active in the community whilst promoting equality, supporting them to live their lives, their way.   

One of the suggestions in the report is to increase capital expenditure, expanding the size of existing grants administered by Homes England and the Greater London Authority, to rapidly grow the supply of housing with care and support for those with ‘intermediate’ and lower needs, such as extra care and supported living. This expenditure should be linked to requirements for local authorities to produce a detailed local strategy and plan. 

The report represents a positive move in the need for funding in the social care sector and a clear understanding that one-size does not fit all.  In order to be best placed to meet the needs of people who need support, there needs to be not only a variety of options available but greater investment in these arrangements so that more are readily available.  

Find out more about Shared Lives here.