Older People's Housing



Developing products and housing solutions for older people demands careful analysis of many varied factors, age being only one of them.

What kind of housing is needed (and wanted)? What can people afford? Where do you build? What level of care and support is required? Is it time to remodel existing housing stock? Is there a demand for ethical equity release?

Exhaustive profiling

arc4 will profile the make-up of older people and housing stock in a specific area, compiling a detailed breakdown of the current situation.

This will, typically, include quantifying the number of homeowners and tenants in private rented accommodation or social housing (along with specifying accommodation by type and size), determining household composition, identifying health and care needs, and establishing the economic activity of the older population.

In addition, complementary analysis of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, education, profession/employment status and lifestyle indicators, such as car ownership, ensures that a complete picture of the of the existing older population is obtained.

Qualitative input

To supplement this hard data analysis, arc4 is equipped to conduct stakeholder interviews, manage focus groups, and organise telephone surveys of the target population to provide a qualitative input of preferences, aspirations and likely take-up of future housing options.

Market provision and future trends

We’ll also examine what’s being provided at present in terms of older people’s housing, assess population and demographic trends, and determine what solutions are feasible within the overall context.


Older People's Housing Case Studies

  • Equity Housing Group

    Equity Housing appointed arc4 to carry out a review of the suitability of the its sheltered housing stock for meeting the needs of its ageing residents and enhancing their quality of life, as part of fully costed and sustainable option plan for each of the schemes under consideration.