Housing is integral to people’s lives. Researchers from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) university are carrying out a study looking at characteristics of mainstream housing and people’s difficulties with activities of daily living, mobility, or physical or mental health that require some help or support.

Aspects of housing they will look at in this study include whether the house is owned or rented, the amount of space, how accessible the house is, how warm or free from damp, and if it needs repairs. The study will also look at how people’s housing is linked to the type and amount of help they receive from paid careworkers and family and friends and their preferences and wishes about current and future housing and care options, what is important, what choices are available, and what would help increase choice.

They are looking for:

They would like to talk to people aged 65 and older who are disabled, have issues with mobility, or long-term physical or mental ill health living in their own homes (owned or rented) experiencing difficulties with their housing (e.g. need for adaptations, lack of accessibility to the bathroom or other rooms, in and out of the house or with the stairs, or difficulties with repairs, damp or cold).

They would also like to talk to people who support a family member or friend aged 65 and over living in their own home (currently or until very recently) who could not manage without that help about their experiences of housing and of providing care.

What you’ll need to do:

A 60 minute interview with a researcher in your own home, a local venue (transport arranged), by phone or by Zoom – your preference. Interviews will take place at a date and time to suit you.

Interviews can take place in people’s home, by phone or by Zoom whichever is most accessible and comfortable for them. Timings are flexible and include evenings and weekends if that is participants preference. Documents can be read to participants and explained to participants if needed. Replacement care costs or costs for a personal assistance or other support needed to take part is offered.


If you apply for this study please let the organisers know you saw it advertised by Shaping Our Lives. Thank you!

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