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Age Friendly Ireland launch Healthy Age Friendly Homes Programme

What is the Healthy Age Friendly Homes Programme?

Research shows that the majority of people want to remain in their own home as they age. This desire is often challenged by their home not being suitable for the occupier as their needs become more pronounced, their financial means decrease, and their mobility declines.

With the right assessment and intervention, the living environment can be changed from being one of health risk to one of health support. A key aspect of this programme is to reduce the admission rate of people entering long-term residential care due, in the main, to their living environment not supporting their health and wellbeing needs. 

Accommodation that presents challenges to older people remaining mobile, keeping warm and staying safe can be significant factors in decision making on longterm care.

4 Key Objectives:

1. Enable older people to continue living in their homes or in a home more suited to their needs (Rightsizing)

2. Live with a sense of independence and autonomy

3. Be and feel part of their Community

4. Support the avoidance of early or premature admission to long term residential care

Find out more information on the programme in the brochures which can be accessed on the Healthy Age Friendly Homes webpage.

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