This paper considers the role of sheltered housing following the introduction of new community care arrangements in 1993 and examines the continuing uncertainty about its exact role as community care continues to develop.
It reports on a study conducted in Shropshire, using a postal survey and interviews with older people, particularly in relieving them of concerns about maintenance and repairs, social isolation and security.
These factors were crucial for their overall peace of mind and quality of life.
While only a small proportion of tenants received help under social services'community care arrangements, the additional support, monitoring and service coordination provided by wardens helped some of them to remain in sheltered housing when residential or nursing home care might otherwise have been necessary.
Sheltered housing was overwhelmingly popular with older people - but their satisfaction was closely associated with the availability and quality of the warden service.
Although sheltered housing is not currently in vogue in housing policy, the paper argues that it plays a vital role in local provision for older people and needs to be more closely integrated into community care policy, while at the same time preserving the characteristics that make it popular with its residents.
Mots-clés Pascal : Royaume Uni, Personne âgée, Logement social, Foyer communautaire
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : United Kingdom, Elderly, Social housing, Community home
Notice produite par :
ENSP - Ecole nationale de la santé publique (devenue EHESP)
Cote : 99/06 V
Code Inist : 002B30A07. Création : 16/11/1999.