Home Adaptations: New report reveals local innovation and good practice
Adapting for Ageing, published by the Centre for Ageing Better, highlights local innovation and good practice in delivery of home adaptations for older people by pioneers across England.
The report, researched and written by Care & Repair England, describes a range of innovative approaches to enable councils, commissioners, home improvement agencies and social housing providers to learn from the good practice it has uncovered. This ranges from proactively raising awareness of adaptations and fast track initiatives to linking adaptation installation with vital home repairs and handyperson help.
It describes what a ‘good’ service looks like from the perspective of older people, providing a breakdown of key factors against which local areas can review their own services.
By delivering home adaptations in the best ways possible councils can enable older people to keep living safely and well in their own homes for longer, reducing pressure on health and care services, as well as improving older people’s lives. [October 2018]
The Equalities and Human Rights Commission has published its report Housing and Disabled People – Britain’s Hidden [May 2018]
The role of home adaptations in improving later life Centre for Ageing Better and UWE (November 2017)
Room to improve The role of home adaptations in improving later life Centre for Ageing Better November (2017)
Accessible housing policy update Habinteg (June 2017)
Disabled Facilities Grant – a system of help with home adaptations for disabled people in England – an overview’ Care & Repair England (November 2017)
A briefing from Care and Repair England ‘Disabled Facilities Grant – a system of help with home adaptations for disabled people in England – an overview’
Written by Sue Adams, this practical briefing provides an overview of the Disabled Facilities Grant system in England. It covers what it is, who it helps, who decides, who funds, evidence of its benefit and looks at issues for the future.
It concludes that home adaptations have a critical role in supporting independent living, efficient delivery of health and care closer to home, reduction in delayed transfers of care, better management of long term conditions and the prevention of falls. [November 2016]
The Disabled Facilities Grant: Before and after the introduction of the Better Care Fund – full report (June 2016). Report from Foundations on the role for Disabled Facilities Grants (DFGs) in linking up housing, health and social care to enable people to live independent lives. The main findings can be accessed here The Disabled Facilities Grant: Before and after the introduction of the Better Care Fund – main findings (June 2016)
Making a house a home: Local Authorities and disabled adaptations: Focus report: learning lessons from complaints from Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) says that people with disabilities are being left for too long in unsuitable homes because of problems with councils’ Disabled Facilities Grants processes (March 2016)
A briefing from the College of Occupational Therapists about the effect of the Care Act 2014 on the provision of home adaptations for adults (March 2016)
Other briefings and reports from the Home Adaptations Consortium can be found on the Reports and Briefings page