Guidance on including older people in emergency shelter programmes
Shelter is a basic human right for people of all ages, but for older people, the sense of security and comfort that a home provides is particularly important.
Losing their home in a disaster or conflict therefore has a profound psychological impact, particularly on the "oldest old" (people above 80 years).
Suitable housing for older people is crucial to ensure a dignified life.
When managing a shelter programme, it is essential to address the needs of vulnerable older people and engage them in decision-making, in order for appropriate decisions to be taken.
Yet various studies have pointed to a lack of attention to older people in shelter programmes.
These guidelines, produced by HelpAge International and the International Federation of the Red Cross, recommend five key action points for including older people in shelter programmes.
These action points are not exhaustive but provide a framework for the different phases of a shelter programme: temporary, transitional and permanent.