A ‘residential revolution’ is needed to house England’s ageing population, according to the Local Government Association (LGA).
The LGA said 400,000 extra specialist homes for the elderly would be required in the next 20 years.
Cllr Martin Tett, the LGA’s Housing spokesman, said: “England will have 14.7 million over 65s by 2025, compared with 11.7 million today. This population shift looks set to continue.
“Our ageing population means that older people are an increasingly crucial part of our housing market. They now live in a third of all homes, and this is set to increase. Delivering quality housing that meets the needs of these older people is essential.
“Councils across the country are innovating when it comes to delivering housing for older people – from building new homes which are attractive to older people wanting to ‘right-size’, to ensuring housing is at the heart of integrated care.
“However, councils cannot tackle this issue alone. Support from government, which incentivises housebuilding and provides councils with the funding and resources they need, is crucial to our efforts to support positive ageing.”
Only 0.6 per cent of over 65 live in specialised accommodation, with a form of care support such as 24/7 on-site staff, the LGA said.
This was 10 times less than in more developed retirement housing markets such as the US or Australia.
The LGA said the number of specialist homes for the elderly would need to increase by 75% by 2035.