Housing in later life

Publications and presentations

CHP is particularly well-known for its work on housing in later life.

Our work has covered support to enable older people to remain in their existing homes, sheltered housing, extra care housing, older home owners, mobile homes as retirement housing, and 'lifetime neighbourhoods' which support residents at every life stage.

Current projects

  • Co-motion - Mobility and well-being 
    CHP has won £1.2m funding from the EPSRC, ESRC and AHRC for a three year ‘Design for Wellbeing’ project investigating the links between mobility and wellbeing amongst older people. The ‘Co-Motion Consortium’, led by Rebecca Tunstall, involves CHP, York’s Departments of Computer Science and Health Sciences and Stockholm Environment Institute, and the Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds; the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, University of Newcastle; and the Department of Psychology, Northumbria University. 

    Over three years, the work will include a longitudinal study of older people in York, Hexham and Leeds who have experienced transitions affecting mobility and wellbeing such as losing their driving license, losing sight, becoming a carer, or starting to use a mobility scooter. This will lead into intensive co-design workshops with older people, covering experimental crowd sourcing and participatory GIS on mobility barriers, deliberative approaches to conflicts between diverse needs, mobility apps for iPhones, mobility scooter design adaptations, and a typology of neighbourhoods according to mobility characteristics and suitability for interventions. There will also be work with national and local stakeholders.
  • Developing best practice in social care and support for adults with sight loss and dementia within different housing settings.
    Karen Croucher and Mark Bevan with colleagues for National Institute for Health Research, School for Social Care Research, Read the research summary here

Photograph©iStock.com/Co-Mo

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