Older People's Housing

There is a real impetus for change in the way we offer housing solutions to older people. That change is being driven not just by a growing population of older people, but by the changing aspirations and life experiences of the generations who are now approaching old age. It is an exciting time to be involved in housing for older people, but at the same time the economic climate means there are significant pressures on resources – can we do more for less?

The desire to find models of housing, care and support that foster independence and choice, and which, for frailer residents, offer alternatives to care homes, has led to the development of a variety of options. These include ‘sheltered’ and ‘supported’ housing in the social housing sector, ‘retirement housing’ in the private sector, and the creation of various hybrids of housing and care home provision – often grouped together under the term “Extra-Care Housing”. Trimmer CS understand the challenges and can help you find ways through the resource pressures. We provide support with research, analysis, preparation for inspection, bid management, strategic review, and policy/service development. We help find new management for existing projects, and undertake options reviews of existing portfolios.

Our work in specialist housing for older people encompasses support service reviews, Supporting People review validation, asset management strategy, option appraisal, market/needs analysis, training and strategic review. We researched and wrote a specialist housing manifesto for the National Housing Federation and have produced several 'good practice' papers on extra care housing for the Department of Health’s housing network.

calfordseaden, Jolliffe and Flint and Trimmer CS have formed an association to help landlords assess all aspects of the building, land valuation, future housing management and business planning to enable informed and creative solutions.

Each organisation has creative and highly experienced professionals with extensive track records in understanding both the soft and hard challenges of conversion, renovation and total redevelopment options for all types of sheltered and extra care housing.

Our combined approach gives the opportunity to assess your stock, building by building to identify deficiencies and ways of updating or converting; or whole estates where an option appraisal could identify under occupation.  Such an appraisal would identify the opportunity to consolidate through new build extension or rationalisation, possible opportunities for capital receipt for investment and joint venture initiatives.