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The wider value of an adapted home.

In the latest report, ‘Social Value of Aids and Adaptations’, commissioned by the national body for Home Improvements Agencies (HIA), Foundations Independent Trust the social value of home adaptations has been outlined.

Home Improvement Agencies (HIA) support a wide range of people across all age groups, both in families and those living alone, in need of assistance due to their age, physical or mental disabilities, or illness.

The report has covered 5 key needs:

  • Staying stable on your feet
  • Self-care
  • Everyday tasks and functions
  • Personal safety
  • Poor mobility

Following research into the case studies of people helped by Home Improvement Agencies to find, fund and adaptation in their home, it has been found that by investing in adaptations, older people and those living with disabilities have seen a vast improvement in their mobility, wellbeing and wider physical health.

The stories of those who have made adaptations to their home, highlight the significant effect on their quality of life. For many, the adaptations have helped them feel less isolated and enabled them to live as independently as possible. In many cases, the adaptations and aids have future-proofed homes, allowing people to stay in their own home for longer, near to their support network, in the area they know and love.

Even the smallest of adaptations can have a huge impact on a person’s day-to-day life, from making simple tasks, such as cooking in the kitchen easier, to reducing the risk of falls by installing handrails and stairlifts.

Financial benefits have also emerged, with some being enjoyed by the person themselves, but many being passed on to public services. We have discussed how adaptations can play a larger role, by relieving pressure on social care, care homes and hospitals before, in our previous article, “Future Proofing Homes: Adapting a home for an older person.”

Adapting homes also eases the pressure on the rising demand in the UK for accessible homes as a result of an ageing population and rising number of people living with long term health conditions or disabilities.

The report can be viewed in full here.

The Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) is used to help people make changes to their home, you can read our previous article on the DFG here.

At France + Associates, we are experts in future proofing homes, and design homes that are adaptable to any possible changes, to enable you to stay in your home for as long as possible.

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