CIH Scotland calls for more resources to provide home adaptations

Further investment is needed to ensure that people in all housing types can access amenities and adaptations where needed, CIH Scotland pointed out in its response to a consultation on the Scottish Government’s revised draft guidelines.

Intended to replace guidance issued in 2009, the new guidance aims to ensure streamlined and equitable access to equipment and adaptations, recognizing that there are currently a number of barriers to overcome and sometimes long delays in the provision of equipment and adaptations. It highlights the need for better working in partnership, choice for service users and a greater focus on prevention and early intervention.

Responding to the consultation, Ashey Campbell, Head of Policy and Practice at CIH Scotland, said: “We welcome the updated guidance and the recognition of the significant contribution that equipment and adaptations can make to the people’s daily life. However, guidance alone will not provide adaptations for the 250,000 households who say they need an adaptation to help them with their daily activities.

“Our work on housing and dementia has highlighted the inequality that people in different tenures can face. There are different sources of finance depending on who your landlord is or whether you own your home and finding advice and information is not always easy, especially for people living in the private sector.

“Simple adaptations can make a huge difference in people’s lives and can save money by avoiding hospital admission or care. If the Scottish Government is serious about focusing on prevention and ensuring equitable access, it must ensure that funding is not a barrier to accessing equipment and adaptations.

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