Issue details

Older Persons Housing Strategy

The proportion of older people in the population is growing rapidly as life expectancy continues to lengthen. As a result, the provision of health and care support is changing to encourage more independent living in people’s own homes, with support where needed. This focus on keeping people living independently in the community may reduce future demand for sheltered accommodation, as many may be able to live in the community until end of life care is needed.


The current sheltered scheme service has continued in a largely unaltered format for a number of decades and is overdue for review. The current service is ‘one size fits all’ and no longer suits the requirements of many of its residents. We now have people spanning 60 to over 100 years old living together, with some still working.


This report will consider how the council can best support independent living for the ageing population and review the existing sheltered scheme service. It will provide a strategy to meet the challenges of the next 10 years.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Decision status: For Determination

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 08/01/2018

Decision due: 5 Feb 2019 by Executive

Change in decision date

Lead member: Portfolio Holder: Housing & Health

Contact: Martin King, Operations Manager - Tenancy Services Email: Tel: 01473 432000.

Consultation process

The review will require involvement from a wide range of stakeholders and partners:

·      IBC Councillors

·      Tenants

·      Adult Care Services, Suffolk County Council

·      Housing Association partners

·      Support providers


Portfolio Holder for Housing & Health

Chief Operating Officer

Head of Housing & Community Services

Legal Services

Financial Services