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TERRAGON STUDY:

“PROVISION OF ASSISSTED-LIVING APARTMENTS IN GERMANY’S 30 LARGEST CITIES”

 

THE STUDY CAN BE DOWNLOADED HERE | DOWNLOAD PDF (IN GERMAN)


THE STUDY’S FINDINGS:

CONSIDERABLE DIFFERENCES IN PROVISION ACROSS GERMANY

For this study, Terragon compared the existing inventory of assisted-living housing with the demographic data of Germany's 30 largest cities, thus quantifying the degree of provision in all cases. The study’s findings reveal extreme differences in provision. For every 100 people aged 70 and over, there were 10.5 assisted-living apartments in Frankfurt am Main, a rate of provision that decreased to just 0.6 in Mönchengladbach. It is striking that the last five cities in the ranking (Bochum, Wuppertal, Duisburg, Gelsenkirchen and Mönchengladbach) are, without exception, all located in North Rhine-Westphalia. Moreover, no general statements can be made about differences in provision between west and east Germany, north and south Germany, or in relation to the size of cities. The only explanation for the differences in provision are the respective policies in the individual municipalities.


GLARING LACK OF ASSISTED-LIVING APARTMENTS

Terragon’s calculations, upon which the study is based, identify a shortage of 70,472 assisted-living apartments in Germany’s 30 largest cities. Only two cities, Frankfurt am Main and Leipzig, do not suffer from undersupply. The deficit in the two metropolises, Berlin (12,135) and Munich (9,092), is the largest in absolute figures. Altogether, only 4.5 assisted-living apartments are available in the top 30 cities per 100 inhabitants over the age of 70. 


WHAT MUNICIPALITIES CAN DO TO IMPROVE PROVISION

Municipalities have a massive interest in improving the provision of assisted-living housing. On the one hand, providing senior citizens, especially those in advanced age, with adequate housing is one of the most important tasks of the community. On the other hand, such an approach also makes it possible to save considerable costs. According to a conservative estimate by Prognos in the study “Analyzing the Potential of Age-Appropriate Housing” from March 2014, municipalities would currently be able to save EUR 600 million a year with a comprehensive provision of age-appropriate housing. This amount will increase to EUR 1 billion by 2030.  

THE TERRAGON STUDY IDENTIFIES A NUMBER OF OPTIONS FOR MUNICIPALITIES, INCLUDING:

  • Urban housing construction companies could develop barrier-free living space according to DIN 18040.
  • In new development plans, it should be stipulated that at least 50% of new housing should be barrier-free.
  • The allocation of land from municipal land banks could be linked to the requirement to build barrier-free housing.
  • It is also possible to prioritize the development of barrier-free housing when processing construction applications and permits.