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Housing Schemes

There are also practical issues and difficulties for BME older people who may be contemplating going into sheltered accommodation. The living space is often inadequate, and private sheltered housing schemes are very often not affordable, and therefore inaccessible, for BME older people.

BME Housing Provision

BME housing provision that do exist, like others have emerged not out of a desire to be ethnically separate, but as a response to providing care that is appropriate to them in the absence of mainstream housing. They are responsive through culturally sensitive care in which specific adjustments are made to meet elders' specific needs. They are not special needs nor seen as a breakdown of their culture or their family or themselves - just ordinary needs with a difference to the majority.

Present Solutions

BME housing that is appropiate to elder's various needs however do exist - often set up through collaborative efforts of professionals, communities and elders. PRIAE has refered to this as 'multicultural housing sucess stories' and which policymakers, communities and planners need to build upon as the numbers of BME elders increase in the next two decades, as indeed their needs.

See EHASA publication.