Report: Making homes fit for ageing and caring

This paper reviews the consequences of COVID-19 and associated
‘lockdowns’ for older people in England with particularreference to
their housing, health and well-being, and identifies the associated
policy implications.

In terms of sources consulted, these range from the journalistic to systematic
research, most of which relates to short-term consequences arising from the first
wave of COVID-19 in 2020.

A key question underpinning this paper and yet to be resolved, is the impact of
COVID-19 for older people in the medium term (2-5 years) and long term (5+ years).
Three of the most immediate, important and interrelated consequences which this
paper considers are:

1. The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on certain population groups, in
particular older people,those with long term health conditions, and some black
and minority ethnic populations, with overlaps between these groups

2. The disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 in certain regions, local authority
areas and localities, especially in the North of England and the Midlands

3. The extentto which the central importance ofthe home as a place of safety and
sanctuary has been reinforced, and conversely the extentto which substandard,
insecure, overcrowded and unhealthy homes increased the impacts of
COVID-19 on their occupants

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