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Older People’s Housing Champions’ home adaptations “Challenge Checklist”

Older People’s Housing Champions’ home adaptations “Challenge Checklist”

The Older People’s Housing Champions have launched their latest guide for the ‘non-expert’, Help with home adaptations: Improving local services.

This guide includes a ‘Home Adaptation Challenge Checklist’, a list of possible questions that anyone with an interest in improving delivery of home adaptations will find useful in discussions with local providers.

It will help members of Older People’s Forums, Councillors and disabled people’s groups to work with their councils to review local provision, e.g. helping speed up the time it takes to install home adaptations and adopting best practice.


Published: November 2019

Source: Home Adaptations Consortium

Page URL: https://homeadaptationsconsortium.wordpress.com/good-practice/

Adaptations Without Delay

Adaptations Without Delay


The benefits of adapting the home are recognised as an effective way to improve the health and wellbeing of older people, and disabled adults and children.

Housing LIN – Adaptions Without Delay

A more accessible home environment can improve independence, reduce risk and reduce reliance on assistance. As the body of evidence demonstrating the benefits of home adaptations grows, so does the recognition that the sooner they are installed, the greater will be the preventative benefits.

The primary purpose of this guide is to address delays in the delivery of all types of adaptations (minor and major) across all tenures that occur when people receive a disproportionate response to their need for an adaptation. Delays in installing adaptations can increase the risk of health and social care needs developing or increasing. A person waiting for an occupational therapy assessment where the situation and need for an adaptation is relatively simple and straightforward should therefore be avoided.

Click below to download a .pdf copy.


Published: 14th June 2019

Source: Housing LIN

Story URL: https://www.housinglin.org.uk/Topics/type/Adaptations-Without-Delay/

PDF Link(s): https://www.housinglin.org.uk/_assets/Resources/Housing/Support_materials/Other_reports_and_guidance/Adaptations-Without-Delay.pdf

https://www.housinglin.org.uk/_assets/Resources/Housing/OtherOrganisation/RCOT-AWD-Cymru-final.pdf

Home Adaptations: New Report Reveals Local Innovation and Good Practice

Home Adaptations: New Report Reveals Local Innovation and Good Practice

Adapting for Ageing: Good practice and innovation in home adaptations, 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.


Published: October 2018

Source: Home Adaptations Consortium

Page URL: https://homeadaptationsconsortium.wordpress.com/good-practice/

Small but Significant: The Impact and Cost Benefits of Handyperson Services

Small but Significant: The Impact and Cost Benefits of Handyperson Services

Small But Significant examines the impacts and cost benefits of ‘handyperson services’ –low cost schemes which carry out small repairs and minor adaptations for older people, primarily delivered by not for profit Care and Repair and other home improvement agencies.
The report is relevant to policy makers, service planners, commissioners and providers, examining:

  • Strategic considerations, driving forces and current evidence of impacts in relation to handyperson services
  • In depth evaluation of the example of Preston Care and Repair handyperson service, including analysis of outputs, outcomes and volunteer involvement
  • Cost benefits, Return on Investment, and wider impacts, particularly utilising evidence about falls prevention

Or click the following link to read a short summary brochure Here 


Published: 2018

Source: Care & Repair England

Page URL: http://careandrepair-england.org.uk/reports/

Integration in Action: Evaluation of Age UK Warwickshire’s Housing Options Service

Integration in Action: Evaluation of Age UK Warwickshire’s Housing Options Service

This evaluation report about provision of impartial information and advice about housing, care and related finance in later life, provides analysis of the benefits, including the cost benefits, of the service delivered to older people by Age UK Warwickshire.

The initiative is of particular relevance due to its activity at the interface of health, housing and care and the ways that the service operated as part of a pro-active GP Care Navigators initiative. This Care Navigators scheme, funded by CCGs, pro-actively contacted and visited all people over 75 yrs, particularly focusing on those with multiple long term health conditions/with indicators of high health need.

The housing options additional service was made possible through the EAC FirstStop national programme and the evaluation demonstrates the critical importance of including housing help as part of a holistic response, noting in particular the £8 payback for every £1 spent.


Published: March 2017

Source: Care & Repair England

Page URL: http://careandrepair-england.org.uk/reports/

New Report Highlights Important Role for Disabled Facilities Grants

New Report Highlights Important Role for Disabled Facilities Grants

Written by Sheila Mackintosh and Philip Leather for Foundations and with input from Care & Repair England, this comprehensive report concludes that there is real potential for using Disabled Facilities Grants (DFGs) help to reduce hospital admissions, cut care costs, delay the move into residential care and speed up hospital discharge.

The report includes an in depth analysis of the origins of DFG, trends in its use since its inception plus potential future.

The authors conclude that “The accessibility of the home is finally being recognised as important for successful hospital discharge, to enable care to take place at home, and to allow people to live independent lives… it is possible to join up the previous disjointed pathways and link the DFG to other related health and care services in a way that will make much more sense to customers. Rather than standing alone as a single solution it can be part of a more holistic range of interventions to help older and disabled people remain independent at home.”


The Disabled Facilities Grant: Before and after the introduction of the Better Care Fund – full report (June 2016)


The Disabled Facilities Grant: Before and after the introduction of the Better Care Fund – main findings (June 2016)


Published: June 2016

Source: Home Adaptations Consortium

Page URL: https://homeadaptationsconsortium.wordpress.com/briefings-and-reports/

Home Adaptations: The Care Act 2014 and Related Provision Across the UK

Home Adaptations: The Care Act 2014 and Related Provision Across the UK

The College of Occupational Therapists have published a new Briefing, written by legal expert Michael Mandelstam,
about the effect of the Care Act 2014 on the provision of home adaptations for adults in England.
It also outlines broadly the comparable position, under different legislation, for adults in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Likewise for children in all four countries of the United Kingdom.


Published: 31st March 2016

Source: Home Adaptations Consortium

Page URL: https://homeadaptationsconsortium.wordpress.com/good-practice-policy-and-guidance-2/

Big Rise in National Money for Home Adaptations in 2016-17

Big Rise in National Money for Home Adaptations in 2016-17

The national allocation of funding for Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG) is set to almost double, increasing from £220m in 2015-16 to £394m in 2016-17.

These figures were revealed in the recent publication of the Better Care Fund Policy Statement 2016/17 by DH & DCLG.

Whilst an increase by 2020 was announced in the 2015 Autumn Statement, the level of DFG allocations in the intervening years was not specified.

The new BCF Policy Statement again states that DFG monies are payable to local housing authorities to enable them to carry out their statutory duties with regard to DFG provision, but it should be noted that two new national conditions for the Better Care Fund have been introduced.

These require local areas to fund NHS commissioned out-of-hospital services and to develop a clear, focused action plan for managing delayed transfers of care (DTOC), including locally agreed targets. It would be surprising if the use of the extra DFG money was not in some way linked to DTOC.


Published: January 2016

Source: Home Adaptations Consortium

Page URL: https://homeadaptationsconsortium.wordpress.com/good-practice-policy-and-guidance-2/

Disabled Facilities Grants: A System of Help with Home Adaptations for Disabled People in England – An Overview Care & Repair England

Disabled Facilities Grants: A System of Help with Home Adaptations for Disabled People in England – An Overview Care & Repair England

An overview of the national Disabled Facilities Grant system of help with home adaptations for those new to the field


Published: July 2015

Source: Home Adaptations Consortium

Page URL: https://homeadaptationsconsortium.wordpress.com/good-practice-policy-and-guidance-2/

Integration in Action – Innovation in Home Adaptations Delivery

Integration in Action – Innovation in Home Adaptations Delivery

Following an open call for submissions of local good practice in Summer 15, Care & Repair England has produced a series of Notebook style ‘cameo’ descriptions of local delivery. This initiative was backed by Public Health England and endorsed by the Home Adaptations Consortium .

An initial six examples were published in June 2015:


West of England Care & Repair


Walsall Independent Living Centre


Sunderland Care & Support


Suffolk Orbit Care & Repair


Middlesbrough Staying Put


Knowsley Centre for Independent Living



New models were added in September 2015 –

Ealing


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).


Published: June 2015

Source: Home Adaptations Consortium

Page URL: https://homeadaptationsconsortium.wordpress.com/good-practice/

Better Care Fund Policy Framework

Better Care Fund Policy Framework

Disabled Facilities Grant national government funding is now part of local Better Care Funds (BCF) and so this Better Care Fund Policy Framework is a key document in setting out the use of DFG money in the context of health and care integration.


Published: March 2017

Source: Home Adaptations Consortium

Page URL: https://homeadaptationsconsortium.wordpress.com/policy/

Home Adaptations for Disabled People: A Detailed Guide to Related Legislation, Guidance and Good Practice (Published 2013, Updated 2015)

Home Adaptations for Disabled People: A Detailed Guide to Related Legislation, Guidance and Good Practice (Published 2013, Updated 2015)

This detailed report published in October 2013 by the Home Adaptations Consortium sets out the legislation, guidance and good practice concerning Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) has been updated to incorporate the  Care Act 2014 and related Guidance and Regulations.

The last pages include many key references and documents about DFG and adaptations legislation, research and good practice.


Published: 2015

Source: Home Adaptations Consortium

Page URL: https://homeadaptationsconsortium.wordpress.com/good-practice-policy-and-guidance-2/

Parliamentary Briefing about Disabled Facilities Grant

Parliamentary Briefing about Disabled Facilities Grant

A clear, definitive, well referenced explanation produced by the House of Commons Library.


Published: 19th February 2013

Source: Home Adaptations Consortium

Page URL: https://homeadaptationsconsortium.wordpress.com/good-practice-policy-and-guidance-2/