An expert group has been set up to advise the Welsh Government on its strategy for housing an ageing population. Over the summer, the Group have undertaken a wide ranging consultation – a national debate – about improving housing options for older people.
The sort of issues considered were:
- What can we do to help prepare for nearly a quarter of Wales’ population expected to be over 65 in ten years- time?
- Do we have enough of the right homes suitable for older people?
- Will these homes support people to live independently for as long as possible?
- Is moving a real choice for older people in Wales and if not, why not?
Direct involvement of Older People themselves was seen as an important part of that process. Caerphilly 50+ Forum was able to make an effective contribution to this consultation which impacts on many of older people in the Borough. We completed a comprehensive critique of the issues and following a discussion of the Steering Group members, submitted the attached consultation response, that can be read or downloaded HERE.
We were pleased to receive a response from the Welsh Government to thank Caerphilly 50+ Forum members for taking the time to develop this response. A number of our points resonated with the thinking of the Expert Group, particularly the need for better and more integrated assessment of housing and care needs at local level