Housing and Health

Housing is a very important aspect of an individual's health. A cold damp home that someone cannot afford to heat well is likely to make the occupant ill or make an existing health condition worse.

The Council is working hard to increase awareness of the importance of housing to our residents health and in particular to encourage colleagues in health and social care to consider wider issues. The Council’s work in taking a positive approach to meeting the needs of vulnerable people has been recognised in ‘A Home is much more than a House’.  

The Council is working with partners like Derbyshire County Council and the Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Futures Homescape and many other organisations to provide advice and access to services that can improve the condition of residents' homes.

We think that if services can be better joined up then we can really improve the health of our residents. This requires greater awareness amongst other professionals and the community as a whole to ensure that we improve the way that we work together.

Working with partners the Council commissioned a DVD designed to encourage residents to think about whether where older people choose to live.

To watch the 20 minute film follow this link

The Silverlinks initiative provides information for older people about housing & care options in later life so that they can plan ahead and make a more informed choice. Silverlinks have launched a new online "teach yourself" interactive pack for older people: "Thinking Ahead: Housing, Care & Related Finance in Later Life". This covers different aspects of making decisions about your housing as you get older and as importantly, where to go for further information and practical help.

Why is housing important to health?

A young child sleeping in a damp and mouldy bedroom is more likely to suffer from respiratory infections that may remain for life.

An old person living in a house that is too big for them and that they cannot afford to heat is more likely to be ill and is at greater risk of strokes and other conditions.

Being able to keep warm is really important and will get harder as energy prices continue to rise.

We have links to a number of pages within the website if you would like to know more.

If you are worried about the effects of cold  - Home Energy Efficiency

If you are unable to use your home because of a disability - Disabled Facility Grants

If you are experiencing problems with your rented home - Problems with your rented home.

 

 

 

 

 

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