Darwin Court featured in London Assembly report
A new report by the London Assembly highlights Darwin Court, our pioneering housing scheme for older people and centre for the local community, as a prime example of housing that meets the needs of older Londoners.
The 'Homes for older Londoners' report calls for the Mayor to push for more specially built retirement housing to accommodate an expected doubling of the number of Londoners over 85 over the next twenty years.
As part of its review into specialist housing for older people in the capital, members of the London Assembly Housing Committee visited Darwin Court earlier this year. They were given a tour of the facilities, including swimming pool, community café and treatment rooms. They also had the opportunity to view one of the 76 homes at the scheme.
London Assembly Housing Committee members visit Darwin Court
Assembly Member Tom Copley said: "It was a really good visit to Darwin Court. It's a lovely place to live and offers a range of facilities for older people. We were lucky enough to be invited into one of the flats, which was incredibly accessible and spacious and is a great example of how lifetime homes should be developed. Darwin Court is a pioneering scheme. With London’s older population increasing, we need to make sure more sheltered housing is available"
Homes for Older Londoners argues that specially designed housing – combining self-contained homes with access to on-site support and care - improve independence and quality of life for residents, reduce costs to the NHS of avoidable accidents and free up much needed family homes.
An inside view: One of Darwin Court's homes
There are currently around 60,000 specialist housing spaces in the capital and experts predict a further 80,000 could be needed over the next thirty years as London’s post war ‘baby boom’ generation reaches retirement age.
The report calls for better planning to address the growing demand and highlights the benefits – both for residents and society in general – of specialist housing like the retirement communities common in Australia and the USA.
Read the full report here