Top 3 reasons why we need more elderly care homes
At J.& W. Lowry we are proud to have been involved with multiple projects that have enabled vulnerable adults to experience comfort, independence and security within a new living environment.
At present in the UK there is a desperate need for elderly care homes. These homes are essential for our current and future population - not least because of the relief they can offer to local hospitals, GP’s and emergency clinics.
Let’s take a look at some of the top reasons why we need more elderly care homes:
Growth in elderly population
Due to a variety of factors (including the age of the post-war baby boom generation), it is predicted that the number of over 85 year olds in our population will reach 2.1 million in 2030.
By 2050, this number is expected to exceed 3.5 million. This is a dramatic change from the 1.6 million in 2020.
Worryingly the number of care home beds per 100 people over the age of 85 is falling and predicted to continue to do so. Clearly we need to act in order to match the development of elderly care home facilities with the rapid growth in the elderly population.
Existing homes aren’t up to scratch
Sadly there’s no other way of putting it - many existing care homes are in dire need of investment, refurbishment and updating.
Did you know that over 70% of current UK care homes were built 20 years ago or more? Since then standards and expectations have changed dramatically and many existing homes don’t meet required specifications.
At J.& W. Lowry we are passionate about providing homes that are thoughtfully designed and carefully executed. We welcome changes such as en suite facilities, spacious walk ways and bright communal areas.
Elderly care is changing
With advances in both medicine and mental health, the way that the elderly are cared for is changing.
With an ever growing awareness of mental health, care operators are noting the vast potential to fight loneliness and isolation amongst the elderly population. The positive impact on not only mental health but also physical wellbeing within a good elderly care home is undeniable.
In order to offer these improved standards of care, new homes are required, equipped with new facilities and updated fixtures. The legacy of the global pandemic (and the required social distancing measures) has also changed the way that care homes will be designed and built for future residents.
Examples at J. & W. Lowry
At J.& W. Lowry we are extremely proud of the elderly residential care developments that we have been involved in. Take a look at some of our industry leading examples which offer services and facilities such as:
generously sized ensuite rooms
Cafes for residents and visitors
Fitness and wellness suites
External terraces and gardens