While many seniors will be housed comfortably as they age, some will find themselves in extreme housing stress after a lifetime of working, raising families and caring for others, putting them at risk of homelessness. Appropriate housing is crucial for people to remain healthy and stay engaged in the community.
The inadequacy in housing and support systems is due to the following gaps and issues:
- An inadequate supply of affordable and appropriate housing
- Less likely to receive access to social housing;
- The unaffordable housing market and high rental prices;
- Challenges surrounding information;
- Lack of housing that provides security and community connection;
- Lack of housing and support choice;
Creating effective and adequate housing and support systems in Western Australia is a necessity to improve health, stability, comfort, a sense of belonging, lower stress and manageable living costs among older people.
The State Government’s strategy on seniors housing – Ageing with Choice – coupled with a report released by the Housing for the Aged Action Group, highlighted the need for tailored housing responses for the older people in our community. These reports pave the way for the initiatives.
Click here for the Ageing with Choice government strategy