Study finds home adaptations can be cost effective

Posted on September 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A study has found that successful adaptations of houses keep people out of hospital, reduce strain on carers and promote social inclusion. The study, published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, found that spending on adaptations appeared to be a highly effective use of public resources, and the researchers suggested that an over-all increase in funding for adaptations could be well justified. Minor adaptations such as grab rails produced a range of lasting positive consequences for almost all recipients. Of a range of benefits reported, 62% of respondents said they felt safer from the risk of accidents and 77% perceived a positive effect on their health. Where major adaptations failed, it was typically because there were weaknesses in the original specification. This was most likely where assessment had been constrained by rigid rules. In some cases, policies intended to save money resulted in major waste. Examples included extensions that were too small and/or too cold to use, and cheap but ineffective subs

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