The European Liaison Committee for Social Housing has issued a research brief that looks at the challenges the ageing society will place on the provision of care and housing services in Europe.

Overall in Europe, there is a shift away from institutional care towards keeping the elderly in their own homes and living independently. However this creates a number of problems, as many of the dwellings are too large and not barrier-free to be adaptable to the needs of frail older people with mobility problems and physical impairments.

And as more elderly live independently the need for home-based services will increase. Partnerships between housing providers and other services providers will be crucial.