22% of people needing adapted housing live in ‘unsuitable home’, report says

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Around 308,000 people living with a medical condition or disability that result in them requiring specially adapted accommodation are living in homes they consider to be unsuitable.

A report has revealed that out of 1.4 million individuals 22% believe their current home to be unsuitable and according to the report authorities believe this is actually an underestimate.

By 2025 almost 1.5 million people aged 75 or over will be unable to manage at least one mobility/daily living activity on their own – specifically including going to the toilet on their own, the report said.

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Firms in the access and mobility equipment sector therefore are well positioned to benefit from the growing market and help social housing providers deliver appropriate adaptations.

“The Better Outcomes Lower Costs report has proven the benefit of providing a home adaptation in optimising effective use of budgets,” commented Robin Tuffley, Clos-o-Mat marketing manager.

“The most common adaptations are to bathrooms. As it is an area we deal with every working day, we are uniquely positioned to help Occupational Therapists on the most appropriate aid to deliver an appropriate solution for the recipient that will achieve best value ie work for them in the short, and long term.”

He added: “And maybe it is sometimes better to spend a little more at the outset and provide an adaptation that will work now, and in the longer term, rather than something that will only be effective for a few months.”

Installation of assistive technology such as a toilet lifter, and/or wash & dry toilet can help address the issue, reducing – or eliminating – the need for homecare provision, and enabling the recipient to undertake personal care independently the firm said.

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