Dr McCall said: “We are utterly delighted to see so much interest and support of our research on housing and ageing across the political spectrum in Scotland. I believe the debate has shown consensus around focusing on the future of housing through the lens of preparing for ageing. We have to keep the momentum going to secure services, investment and promote the voices of older people in that process.”
Jim Eadie, Age Scotland’s policy officer for Housing, said: “We found simple, preventative services such as fitting a new key safe to allow carers to enter a home, adding hand rails or raising electric sockets, for example, had a huge impact on an older person’s quality of life. The Care and Repair scheme supports people to live independently in their own homes for longer and allows those who have been treated in hospital to return home to an adapted and safe environment.
“Despite its benefits, the quality of the service varies hugely across Scotland. Many areas, including West Lothian, Ayrshire and Inverclyde, no longer support the scheme and this could impact an older person’s ability to live safely and comfortably in their own home.”
Mr Simpson who led the debate in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 29 January, said: “The number of people aged 75 and over is projected to increase by 27 per cent over the next 10 years, and by 79 per cent over the next 25 years. That gives us a clear set of challenges.
“We all want to help older people to live independently and safely in their own homes for as long as possible; it is better for them and it is better for strained public services. The availability of Care and Repair and handyman services should be consistent across councils. There should be no postcode lottery when it comes to accessing these services.”
View the parliamentary debate on the Scotland's Futures Forum website.