Older people’s housing needs survey

Closed 19 Mar 2017

Opened 10 Feb 2017

Results updated 27 Jul 2017

We are pleased to share the results of the older people’s housing needs survey. Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the survey.

You can read a short summary below or download the results report:

If you are having trouble downloading the PDFs we will be happy to email the report to you or post you a copy. Please contact via the email address to the right.

Key points

The survey was completed by 1,220 people.

To thank people for taking part there was the option of opting in to a prize draw to win a £250 Love to shop voucher. The sponsor, telecare provider Welbeing, presented the prize to the Bexhill-based retired woman who won the voucher in May 2017.

About the respondents:

  • 58% of the respondents were female and 42% were male
  • Nearly two thirds were aged between 55 and 74 years
  • Most respondents said they don’t need help with daily tasks (87%)
  • Over three quarters own their home, either without a mortgage (55%) or with a mortgage (21%)

People’s housing plans as they get older:

It was clear from the survey that many residents are already proactively planning for how their housing needs may change as they get older. Not everybody though is able to start their planning from the same position of security. This may be because of their financial situation or as a result of a health crisis changing their plans.

  • 51% want to stay living in their current home (31% say they don’t need to make changes to stay in their current home; while 9% have made changes to their home; and 11% are planning changes)
  • 38% want to move to a smaller or more accessible home (7% have already moved, while 31% are planning such a move)
  • 11% want to move to specialist accommodation (2% have already moved, while 9% are planning such a move)

To find out more about the changes people are making, what they want to get out of moving and what they want from specialist accommodation please download the results report.

Thinking creatively:

While the majority of respondents are looking at traditional ways of meeting their housing needs as they age, there is a small but noticeable group who are looking to more creative methods. For example, grouping together to explore co-housing options and developing their own shared community housing.

What happens next:

Firstly, what we’ve learned from the survey will inform long-term strategic planning at the county level and at the local level with the districts and boroughs. We are also using the survey results to develop our offer in the shorter term, such as making best use of the Community Housing Fund, giving us the opportunity to work with older people to deliver innovative ways of providing homes.


We asked residents to share their housing plan for older age with us, as this will help us plan for East Sussex. For example, we know that some people want to stay living in the same place; others will look to move to more manageable homes; and some will feel that older people’s specialist accommodation best suits their needs.

We wanted to hear from home owners and renters, and people living in all types of properties. Even if people had already moved, we wanted to hear about their reasons for moving.

The questionnaire was aimed at people aged 55 and over, although we welcomed views about older people’s housing from residents of any age.


  • All Areas


  • Older people


  • Older people
  • Care and support services (adults)
  • Housing