Blurring the boundaries: A fresh look at housing and care provision for older people

Christine Oldman

Over the last few years there has been a spate of housing-based models of care which are claimed to be cheaper and more attractive alternatives to care homes for older people.

This report provides an overview of these new forms of provision and critically examines the claims that have been made about them. It charts the main differences between the models and presents a methodology for evaluating them.

The report concludes that the new schemes may be a more cost-effective option. It suggests a way forward for replacing traditional residential care with an arrangement whereby living costs, accommodation costs and care costs are individually charged for and the link between funding and regulation broken.