Older people living in retirement villages are half as likely to require further institutional care

09 September 2011

Audley partners with International Longevity Centre to launch first report defining impact of Extra Care Housing.

Living in retirement villages where housing includes access to Extra Care results in people over 80 with care needs being half as likely to need to live in an institutional care home in the future. This is according to the first study into the impact of Extra Care housing published by the International Longevity Centre in partnership with the three largest providers in the UK: Audley, the Extra Care Charitable Trust and Retirement Security Limited.

The report is based on longitudinal data from more than 4,000 residents, who in some cases have been living in this type of housing for more than 15 years, and is benchmarked with national representative studies (the British Household Panel Survey and the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing). Extra Care housing is defined as accommodation designed for older people which includes access to flexible, onsite care.

Additional key findings include:

Residents in Extra Care housing are less than half as likely to enter institutional accommodation after five years of residence than those in standard housing (8 per cent as compared to 19 per cent of those a matched demographic living in the community).

Residents in Extra Care housing are less likely to be admitted into a hospital for an overnight stay as someone of a matched demographic living in the community.

Those living in Extra Care housing are less likely to fall. This is a significant benefit when falls are the leading cause of death through injury for those over 75. Nearly 4 million people aged 60 and over have fallen in the last two years, with every older person who falls and has to go to hospital costing the UK taxpayer approximately £2,500*.

Commenting on the research, Nick Sanderson CEO of Audley said:

“We welcome this first comprehensive study into the long term benefits of living in housing specifically developed to meet the future needs of older people. It proves what we have long understood. Providing high quality accommodation that allows older people to enjoy an active lifestyle, stay in control of their own home and their future care needs delivers fundamental health and cost benefits.

“The debate on long term care until now has focussed on the financial burden of ageing. Recognition of the alternative options that provide for a more sustainable and far happier old age is long overdue - particularly when it presents a means of delivering better care at lower cost to the individual and to government.”

‘Establishing the Extra in Extra Care’ is published by the International Longevity Centre on Tuesday 13 September and based on longitudinal data from Audley, Extra Care Charitable Trust, and the Retirement Security Limited. The study is the first major review to define the characteristics of residents in Extra Care housing, the health outcomes of residents, patterns of health service usage of residents and costs and benefits associated with our findings.

* The Age UK Falls Omnibus Survey 2011