Identifying the health care system benefits of housing with care
The Housing Learning and Improvement Network (Housing LIN) and Southampton City Council have published the results of a study that highlights the health care system benefits of housing with care. In particular, the research covered the following:
1. An evidence review which summarises the identified impact on and potential benefits to the health care system from housing with care services.
2. The financial cost-benefits associated with these identified health care system benefits from the use of housing with care.
3. The estimated financial impact for health care services of the current provision of housing with care in Southampton and the potential growth of housing with care services
What's been done?
While the body of research available that identifies the health impacts of housing with care has been relatively limited, all the identified evidence suggested positive impacts on the health care economy, which included:
- Reductions in the number of GP visits (by housing with care residents).
- Reductions in the number of community health nurse visits (amongst housing with care residents).
- Reductions in the number of non-elective admissions to hospital (by housing with care residents).
- Reductions in length of stay and delayed discharges from hospital (amongst housing with care residents), and
- Reductions in ambulance call outs, typically linked to reduced incidence of falls
(amongst housing with care residents).
When quantified, it was possible to estimate that for each person living in the housing with care settings, the financial benefit to NHS was approximately £2,000 per person per annum (calculated as a costs benefit to the health care system).
And when compared with the volume of the housing with care market in Southampton, it was
possible to estimate that Southampton’s current provision of housing with care (circa 170
units) has been producing a cost benefit to the health care economy of over £334,000 per
year. This figure is estimated to increase to almost £890,000 per year once Southampton
delivers on its ambition to grow its supply to about 450 units of housing with care.
The research focuses on Southampton's health and care economy; however, the findings will be of interest to strategists, planners and commissioners of adult social care, NHS acute and primary care services, and those looking to create more integrated services with housing partners across the UK.