Disabled Facilities Grant – a system of help with home adaptations for disabled people in England – an overview
A new briefing from Care & Repair England is available to download here [Nov 2016]
Street Design for Age Friendly Neighbourhoods
New Briefing about the Better Care Fund & Home Adaptations
Our new Integration Briefing, Innovation in home adaptations – a fresh chance, considers how the substantial increase in national funding for home adaptations offers opportunities to improve integration and meet performance targets, particularly reducing delayed transfers of care.
Backed by Public Health England, Integration Briefing 3 explains the connections between Disabled Facilities Grant finance, this year’s new Better Care Fund Policy Framework and the interests of Public Health & the NHS.
The Briefing will be particularly useful for anyone involved in related service planning including Directors of Public Health; Members of Health and Wellbeing Boards; Local Councillors; Patient and Service User Representatives; and all those involved in the field of home adaptations. [June 2016]
Integration and innovation in home adaptations delivery
A new Briefing: Home adaptations, integration and the Care Act has been launched Care & Repair England alongside two additional new ‘cameos’ of local adaptations provision good practice https://homeadaptationsconsortium.wordpress.com/good-practice/,
Promotion of wellbeing and independence, prevention and integration with health are central to the vision of the Care Act. Adapting people’s homes plays a pivotal role in meeting new obligations. The Briefings and the good practice information are backed by Public Health England and endorsed by the national Home Adaptations Consortium.
These resources and the earlier Cameos and Integration Briefing about DFG and the Better Care Fund (listed below) will be particularly useful for anyone new to provision of help with home adaptations such as Directors of Public Health; Members of Health and Wellbeing Boards; Local Councillors: Patient and Service User Representatives.
Those involved in the provision of home adaptations will also find the newly updated in depth guide Home Adaptations for Disabled People: A detailed guide to related legislation, guidance and good practice useful https://homeadaptationsconsortium.wordpress.com/good-practice-policy-and-guidance-2/. This statement of law and guidance has just been updated to incorporate the implications of the Care Act 2014 and related Guidance and Regulations.
Integration in action – innovation in home adaptations delivery
A set of new ‘Cameos’ describing inspiring local examples of cutting edge delivery of home adaptations has today been launched by Care & Repair England, backed by Public Health England and endorsed by the national Home Adaptations Consortium. The six cameo’s can be downloaded here from: West of England Care & Repair; Walsall Independent Living Centre; Sunderland Care & Repair; Suffolk Orbit Care & Repair; Middlesbrough Staying Put; Knowsley Centre for Independent Living as well as Ealing and Wigan
Promotion of wellbeing and independence, alongside prevention, are critical to the vision of the Care Act. Adapting people’s homes plays a pivotal role in meeting these obligations.
There are pioneers around England who are ahead of the curve on finding new and better ways to offer home adaptations advice, practical help and financial assistance, including innovations in use of Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG). These new ‘cameos’ describe activities in an initial six localities.
Care & Repair England has also published a Briefing which explains the changes, clarifies responsibilities and highlights opportunities for integration now that the DFG funding is paid to local councils through the Better Care Fund.
These resources will be particularly useful for anyone new to provision of help with home adaptations such as Directors of Public Health; Members of Health and Wellbeing Boards; Local Councillors: Patient and Service User Representatives, as well as anyone involved in the field of home adaptations. [June 2015]
The Care Act Guidance: Making the Connection to Housing
Care & Repair England has produced a briefing about the references to housing in the Dept of Health’s Care & Support Statutory Guidance 2014. Download Care & Repair England’s briefing here [October 2014]
On the Cusp? Will housing be part of health & care integration?
Care & Repair England has launched a new ‘On the Cusp?’ brochure highlighting the critical role of housing in achieving some of the key aims of the Better Care Fund (2) and Care Bill. These include enabling older people to live independent, healthier lives, reducing hospital and care home admissions. It lists the practical steps which everyone can take to help to ensure housing is included in commissioning plans. Click here for Brochure here. [March 2014]
Integration Transformation Fund – Potential implications for Disabled Facilities Grant
Care & Repair England has produced a briefing the Integration Transformation Fund and the potential implications for Disabled Facilities Grants under the proposed new funding mechanism. Download Care & Repair England’s briefing here [October 2014]
Setting the Standards for New Homes
The Government has issued its consultation on housing standards – Setting the Standards for New Homes. Care & Repair England has produced a briefing which you may find helpful in your response. It is an opportunity to influence all homes being built. The closing date is 22 October 2013. In relation to accessibility we will be supporting Habinteg’s call for a standard similar to the Lifetime Homes standard being adopted as the default standard for all new homes across tenures integrated to and enforced by Building Regulations. Download Care & Repair England’s briefing here.
Care and Support White Paper: What does this mean for older people and housing?
Care & Repair England has produced a new briefing paper on the Care and Support White Paper and its implications for older people and housing. Download Care & Repair England’s briefing here.
New Welfare Reform Briefing
The Welfare Reform Act 2012 received Royal Assent on the 8th March. Care & Repair England’s new briefing ‘Welfare Reform – A Summary of the Main Changes to Social Security Benefits’ can be viewed here. [March 2012]
Clearing The Clutter – Finding A Better Way To Work With Compulsive Hoarders
Coventry’s Orbit Care & Repair has worked with an occupational therapist to pioneer a new way to help people who hoard to a level that affects their ability to have a decent quality of life. Inside Housing [www.insidehousing.co.uk/story.aspx?storycode=6504818] has published an in depth feature article which graphically illustrates situations that many local agencies will recognise. [May 2009]