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Survey seeks to understand COVID impact on retirement housing sector

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A survey has been launched to understand the impact of COVID-19 on retirement villages and extra housing schemes in England.

Led by the St Monica Trust, in partnership with the Housing LIN, the RE-COV research project has been given the green light after receiving funding from the Dunhill Medical Trust.

Rachael Dutton, St Monica Trust’s COVID National Research Project Lead, said: “In England there are more than 75,000 older people living in retirement villages and extra care housing schemes, and they represent one of the groups who are the most at risk from coronavirus.

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“There is currently little robust evidence about what impact COVID-19 has had on the villages and schemes, the extent of the challenges they faced, how they have responded, or what their successes and innovations have been.

“With the increasing likelihood of pandemics occurring more frequently in the future, the findings from this research project will be invaluable in informing both ongoing and future operational decisions within older people’s housing and the care sector, ultimately influencing national policy and risk management.”

The survey will collate data relating to the pandemic from responses sent to the 280 housing operators managing 1,400 retirement villages and extra care housing schemes across England.

Retirement village operators and extra care housing schemes wishing to take part can complete the online survey here by Wednesday, 13 January 2021.

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The author Lee Peart

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