Even though older people are often less visible and less vocal than other groups, they are as vulnerable to homelessness as anyone else. The experience of being unable to find or maintain a home can severely affect older people’s physical, emotional, and mental well-being.
Why do older people become or remain homeless?
Older people become or remain homeless because they often do not know about services available to them or are alienated from them. Some struggle because they have ‘socially unacceptable’ behaviour as a result of life on the streets, and so are unable to live in mainstream accommodation for older people. Others simply are no longer able to maintain a home due to a breakdown of physical or mental health.
The Society of St James and older people
The Society of St James provides accommodation and support which is suitable to the individual needs of older people with Dementia, mental health problems, alcohol dependency and other care needs at our residential care home, Avondale. Our Handy Person Project helps older people to remain living independently for as long as possible.
If you want to find out more about homelessness amongst older people, you might find the following sites useful: