Many of those using housing support services are older people who wish to maintain a level of independence in the face of physical and/or mental frailty. Typically the use of low intensity support services consisting of less than 2 hours face to face support per week is sufficient to prevent recourse to much more costly services. The funding of such services, however, has come under increasing pressure since the lifting of the Supporting People funding in 2008 despite the contribution such services can make to achieving national policy objectives.
Concern about the care and support needs of a growing older population has prompted the development of a 10 year national housing strategy for older people. The strategy envisages the increased provision of support services to help older people to continue living at home rather than having to move into residential care. In addition the Scottish Government has created a Change Fund to support a shift towards prevention. Housing support has much to offer this national agenda.