New reports on non-decent homes and ageing to feature in MICRA webinar

The upcoming webinar will discuss three new major reports related to ageing, housing and COVID-19.

On 18 March, MICRA will host a webinar featuring external speakers from both Care & Repair and from the Centre for Ageing Better.

‘Lockdown in poor housing: Health impacts on older people and successful responses’ will be hosted by a panel consisting of Sue Adams OBE, Chief Executive of Care & Repair England, Craig Smith, CEO of Care & Repair Preston, and Millie Brown from the Centre for Ageing Better.

Sue Adams will be presenting information on health, housing and ageing, including BRE in-depth data analysis used in the joint Centre for Ageing Better and Care & Repair report: Home and Dry: The Need for Decent Homes in Later Life. This report points out that despite the fact that poor housing can cause/worsen health conditions, reduce an individual’s quality of life, exacerbate inequalities and or even result in premature death, an estimated 10 million people in England are at risk because they live in a poor-quality home.

Sue will also include in her presentation the King's Fund assessment in Homes, Health & Covid-19: How poor-quality homes have contributed to the pandemic. This report, commissioned by the Centre for Ageing Better, focuses specifically on the relationship between health and housing and the role of this interaction in the spread and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Millie Brown will be citing findings from a recent Ipsos Mori study of 20 older people (50-70yrs) who were living in non-decent homes during the pandemic, Getting our homes in order: How England’s homes are failing us. The Ipsos Mori research seeks to develop a more informed understanding of the experiences of people living in poor-quality homes. Using 20 participants aged 50-70 this research aimed to explore:

  • The problems participants experienced in their homes and the impact of these problems on their physical and mental health.
  • The barriers that had prevented participants from carrying out repairs and adaptations.

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