Sheffield Older People’s Independent Living (OPIL) Housing Strategy 2017-2021

This strategy sets out how we plan to meet the housing needs and aspirations of Sheffield’s increasingly diverse and growing older population. One of the key reasons for developing the strategy is the city’s current lack of age-friendly housing and the recognition that without a more strategic approach this deficit will grow in line with our growing older population, having a detrimental impact on lifestyle choices, communities and health and wellbeing levels. This strategy covers housing designed for older people’s independent living (OPIL) in all tenures across the public and private sectors. It includes accessible general needs housing and specialist older people’s housing with varying degrees of support and/or care on hand but it excludes care homes. The strategy also sets out how we plan to make better use of some of the housing related support and solutions that can facilitate independent living for older age groups.