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Better Lives

We need to make sure we have a range of accommodation and housing to help older people across Derbyshire live safely and independently for as long as possible. 

Under the Care Act we have a duty to support the local care market and we want to ensure older and disabled people have a choice in how and where they live.

We were already seeing a drop in the numbers of people choosing to live in care homes, with more people wanting to remain independent at home with support from us and COVID-19 has accelerated this reduction.

Long-term admissions to residential care homes in Derbyshire dropped by a quarter in 2019/20 despite a rise in the elderly population. During the pandemic, this fell a further 20% in 2020/21. Across Derbyshire almost 40% of care home providers are reporting occupancy rates below 80%.

Meanwhile demand for the council's home care services in 2020 rose by 12% with more than 5,200 people a month now receiving support to live at home, compared to 4,500 in 2018.

We are already responding to how people are telling us they want to live by developing a much stronger emphasis on community and housing-based support, as well as new and innovative forms of care for the future.

We are also working with partners to encourage the creation of more housing with care which allows older people and those with disabilities to lead their life, their way and we've worked with district and borough councils to develop a vision for how to do this up to 2035.

Our older people's housing, accommodation and support strategy is attached to this page.