Carterwood Index: Q4 2021 release (older people’s housing)

Following on from last week’s edition of the Carterwood Index for elderly care homes, this week we bring you our quarterly snapshot of the older people’s housing market as we track essential market statistics for Great Britain.

Once again, we explore the size of the older people’s housing market, analyse the asset type, and share the development pace and planning activity for 2021 to date.

Market size

Asset type

Development and openings



Want a reminder of what our Carterwood Index Q3 2021 release for older people’s housing market revealed? Simply click here to view

Keep an eye out for our next Carterwood Index update in spring 2022.


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Notes: All figures are GB, unless otherwise stated. Updated November 2021. “With care” includes all C2 extra care and enhanced sheltered schemes. “Without care” includes all C3 sheltered housing and age exclusive schemes. Total units, not private units, are used for all metrics. No of schemes/units opened in 2021 refers to all schemes/units with a built year of 2021.

Sources: Carterwood, Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC), operator website, direct enquiries, HAPPI (Housing our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation), Glenigan, Planning Pipe, local authority planning websites.

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