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Assessment of the need for extra care housing in Poole

Poole is currently developing an extra care housing (ECH) strategy that sets out its vision and plan for the provision of ECH now and in the future. This requires an understanding of the potential demand for ECH in Poole, and outlines the underlying evidence and analysis used to derive these estimates.

Extra care housing

ECH describes a type of housing, care and support that falls somewhere between traditional sheltered housing and residential care. It is essentially a hybrid bringing together the high level care services offered in residential care, with the accommodation and independence provided by traditional good quality housing.

Key findings

Key demographic factors that will affect the need for extra care housing in Poole are: the number of older people, in particular the expansion of the very elderly population; health and dependency levels; housing and tenure; and family and (informal) carer circumstances.

Poole has high number and proportions of older people, higher than the national average. 30,400 older people aged 65 and over live in Poole. They constitute 21% of the overall population, 5% higher than for England and Wales overall.

Poole's population is ageing. The number of older people (aged 65+) is predicted to increase by more than a fifth to 2021. Numbers of over 65s will increase by 6,500 to 36,900 by 2021.

Local insight was sought about people's housing and care preferences after they reached retirement age. A high proportion of respondents (61%) had considered their future care needs. The majority (67%) wanted to be supported to live in their own home, if they required help and support in the future.

Quantifying the potential demand for ECH is difficult. The figures provided are not precise measures of demand, but suggest that a significant baseline provision of 420 ECH units overall across Poole could be justified.

There is significant potential demand for ECH as an alternative to residential care, and estimated 230 ECH units for Poole. 120 units at social rents and 110 units for self funders. These will need to cater for older people with high-level dependency needs, especially those aged 85+, with co-morbidities, complex conditions and increasing numbers with dementia.

Page last updated: 25 April 2019
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