Increasing housing with care provision in Southampton to 450 units could have an annual health cost benefit of almost £900,000, research has shown.
The city’s current provision of 169 units has been producing a cost benefit to the health care economy of more than £330,000 per year.
The number of units has to grow to between 400 and 500 over the next 10 years to adequately meet projected need, a report commissioned by Southampton City Council said.
It commissioned Housing Learning & Improvement Network (LIN) to investigate housing with care on healthcare systems.
When quantified, the report said, it was possible to estimate that for each person living in housing with care settings, the financial benefit to the NHS was approximately £2,000 per person per annum.
The current provision provided an annual health cost benefit of £334,069, while expansion to 249 units would provide a benefit of £492,208. Provision of 450 units would provide an annual health cost benefit of £889,553.
In addition, Identifying the health care system benefits of housing with care, found other benefits of housing with care, which included improved individual outcomes for residents such as improved quality of life and reduced loneliness.
The report’s findings said: ‘There is a strong case for expanding the development of housing with care in Southampton to increase and maximise these health care system cost benefits, as well as expanding housing and care choices for older citizens.
‘There is an opportunity for the city council to use this evidence to engage with the health services to develop a shared vision for the expansion of housing with care services. A partnership approach to supporting housing with care between health, social care and housing professionals should be encouraged to maximise on its benefits.’