Housing and home in later life



Housing and home in later life

Frances Heywood, Christine Oldman and Robin Means

(Rethinking ageing series / series editor, Brian Gearing)

Open University Press, 2002

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  • : pbk

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [169]-180) and index



At the heart of all policies of supporting people to live and thrive into old age lies the concept of home. Yet there is a vacuum where policies concerning housing issues should be, and such policies as exist are profoundly ageist and often based on a medical model of disability. The authors of this volume share a commitment to see the issues of later life and housing re-thought to address more adequately the diverse needs and preferences of a group who constitute around one quarter of the population. The book has three strands; to uncover the theoretical origins of accepted practice; to present a critique of the present policies and to consider new theories, ideas and methodologies for achieving user centred changes. The central aim of the book is to reduce the present dissonance between older people's needs and preferences and those of policy makers and practitioners. It has been written for students and researchers of social and public policy, social work, health care, community care, housing studies and social gerontology; and for professionals involved with older people such as social and community care workers.


Series editor's preface Housing and home in later life an introduction Theories, assumptions and policies The housing issues of old age different perspectives Housing, health and community care To move or not to move housing decisions in later life Maintaining independence repair, adaptions and design Living in communal settings Working together in the interests of older people? Conclusions References Index.

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