The Retirement Research Foundation
Promoting efforts that make housing more affordable and provide supports to enable older people to remain living in the community safely and with dignity
It is well-documented that older people prefer to continue living in their own homes and communities for as long as possible. Evidence suggests that access to affordable, service-enriched housing options can not only help older people stay in their homes, but also can significantly reduce or delay the need for unnecessary nursing home placement, improve safety at home, prevent homelessness, and enable the best possible quality of life for older people.
Examples of possible funding opportunities for this Priority Area may include (but are not limited to):
- engaging in advocacy to further increase investments in supportive services delivered in the home;
- evaluating the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of new or existing supportive housing interventions;
- expanding access to modifications that enable older residents to continue living in their homes;
- enhancing the role of service coordinators in senior housing by improving professional education and training standards; and
- replicating proven best practices, such as home-based primary care, CAPABLE, and other models linking health and housing.