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Room to improve: innovation and good practice in housing adaptations conference


The Foundry
17 Oval Way
SE11 5RR
United Kingdom

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This conference launched our latest report: Adapting for Ageing. We were delighted to welcome special guest: Nick Knowles, who hosted a panel discussion on home adaptations.


Conference chair: Catherine Foot, Director of Evidence, Centre for Ageing Better

With special guest host: Nick Knowles

We were pleased to co-host this conference with the Local Government Association

Our research finds that, when done in combination with necessary repairs, both minor and major home adaptations can improve a range of outcomes for people in later life and promote independence. It also highlights the significant personal and professional barriers to adaptations and repairs, including the clinical design of products, the complexity of access and the stigma attached to a product designed ‘for older people’.

This conference was for those interested in housing adaptations and repairs to discuss and debate these issues and stimulate action within the sector. More local areas, providers and health commissioners need to fund aids and adaptations in a timely manner to ensure people benefit from simple changes to their home. This event was intended to drive change within the sector and stimulate people who can make change happen to think of different solutions to enable more people to enjoy a good later life now and in the future. 

The event launched the findings from our recent call for practice, undertaken by Care & Repair England, to find local areas that are delivering home adaptations and organising services in the most effective ways.

Adapting for ageing: Good practice and innovation in home adaptations

Read the report
  • Keynote address: Cllr Colin Noble, LGA
  • Sue Adams OBE, Chief Executive, Care & Repair England
  • Andy Trickey, recipient of home adaptations via Peabody
  • Becky Bell, Home Improvement Agency Manager, Oxford City Council    
  • Rosie Seymour, Deputy Programme Director, Better Care Support Team (a partnership team for NHS England, MHCLG, DHSC and the LGA)
  • Anna Dixon, Chief Executive, Centre for Ageing Better

Conference Chair: Catherine Foot, Director of Evidence, Centre for Ageing Better

Special guest host: Nick Knowles