Professor Julienne Meyer CBE is to chair a new Older People’s Housing Taskforce, announced as part of the government’s Adult Social Care Implementation plan, published by the Department of Health and Social Care.
Julienne is a leading expert in care for older people, and is the co-founder of My Home Life and Professor Emerita of Nursing at City, University of London (where My Home Life England is based).
The 12 month taskforce will work across housing, heath, and care sectors to drive an increase in the volume and range of housing options and it will make recommendations to the Government.
The panel is expected to include up to 14 members with expertise from the social and private retirement sector, local government, adult social care, and from investors and developers.
Housing Minister, Rachel Maclean, said:
Making sure older people can access the right homes that meet their needs later in life is a government priority. And by unlocking more housing for older people, we can also have a hugely beneficial impact on their health and wellbeing.
"I am very excited to have Professor Meyer leading this taskforce, as we radically improve the choices available to older people, whether that’s retirement housing or support to help people live independently for longer.
Older People’s Housing Taskforce Chair, Professor Julienne Meyer, said:
I am delighted to be leading the taskforce, an opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of older people. Working between housing, health and social care will be critical to its success and I’m looking forward to advising government on proposals that give older people more choices in later life.
Minister for Care, Helen Whately, said:
Today’s plan sets out the progress we’re making with our vision for Adult Social Care reform. That vision involves helping people to live fuller, more independent lives for longer – and a big part of that is making sure we’ve got the right housing available.
"We want a thriving older people’s housing sector based on choice, quality and security. That’s why we’ve set up this new taskforce – to work out how we can deliver that across the country and make sure everyone has somewhere suitable to live in later life. The more housing options there are, the more choice people have over their care.
Find out more
Read the full announcement on the UK Government's website.