Housing can help make big savings for health and social care providers while improving people’s health and wellbeing, according to a new report from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and Tunstall Healthcare.
But the three sectors must work more closely together if housing is to deliver effective solutions, the two organisations have said.
The report is based on two summits held by CIH earlier this year - delivering housing, health and care outcomes – which was attended by representatives from the Department of Health, leading housing providers and experts from all three sectors.
The report addresses how redesigned housing solutions can improve health and wellbeing, with particular emphasis on the role of assistive technology.
It highlights some of the ways housing providers can help their counterparts in health and social care save money and improve outcomes for people – by enabling people to be discharged from hospital more quickly, monitoring risk through technology and support services, and enabling delivery of health services either in or close to people’s homes.
It also shows how housing offers to local GPs and Clinical Commissioning Groups can be tailored to local circumstances and needs across a wide range of services, including supported housing, housing-related support, housing improvements, adaptations, palliative home care and telehealthcare.
The report features examples from providers including Home Group, One Housing Group and Riverside, as well as local authorities including Birmingham City Council.
Domini Gunn, Director of Health and Wellbeing at CIH consultancy said:
There are new opportunities for housing to engage with health and care within new health and wellbeing organisations and commissioning arrangements. We need to demonstrate the value and cost benefits of investment in housing and housing-related support more effectively to our health and social care colleagues.
This report is designed to help identify opportunities and develop a business case for housing-related support, including telecare and telehealth, service commissioning and development.
Tunstall Managing Director Simon Arnold said:
The report plays a crucial role in highlighting the opportunities and challenges faced by housing, health and social care. Events such as the CIH summits bring together key players from across the sectors, all of whom have a common interest in promoting the application of assistive technology. It is a privilege for us to take part in the summits and contribute to the report, and we look forward to working with CIH closely in the future.
Read the report Delivering housing, health and care outcomes