11 Dec 2018
Living in a suitable home is crucially important to a good later life. The right home environment can maintain or improve people’s physical and mental health, wellbeing, social connections and help them to do the things that are important to them.
The vast majority of older people aged 65 and over live in mainstream housing (we estimate this to be more than 90%), and most older people want to stay in their own home as they age.
As we age, the likelihood of experiencing some physical impairments or disabilities that make day-to-day life more difficult increases. The likelihood of frailty and being at risk of falling also increases. Installing aids and adaptations into people’s homes, such as grab rails and level access showers, can improve the accessibility and usability of a person’s home environment, maintaining or restoring their ability to carry out day-to-day activities safely and comfortably.
Research has found investment in adaptations to be highly cost-effective, helping to improve wellbeing, keep people out of hospital, prevent or delay moves into residential care, reduce burdens on carers and support social connections.
As long as I've got things to hold on to I'm not frightened of falling.
Installing aids and adaptations into people’s homes, such as grab rails and level access showers, can improve the accessibility and usability of a person’s home environment.
We are interested in innovative practice, evidence and case studies that aim to improve how individuals get adaptations into their home. This can include, but is not limited to, innovative practice around:
The products that make it easier to stay in your own home could be better designed, and better marketed. We are engaging with consumers, retailers and designers to understand how the current market can be improved and ensure good information and advice is available to consumers.