The role of home adaptations in improving later life

Centre for Ageing Better, November 2017

This review provides evidence to make the case for the importance and effectiveness of adaptations, primarily to influence policy-makers at national and local levels, practitioners and local commissioners. The objective is to strengthen their focus on housing in their strategic plans, and commit increased effort and resources to delivering both more extensive, better coordinated, more timely and personalised repair and adaptations services and better information and advice services.

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Bridging the gap between health and housing. A united approach in South Wales: (Case Study 140)

Housing LIN, November 2017

This report on the Caerphilly-based housing association United Welsh new wellbeing partnership, Wellbeing 4U, highlights how it is drawing from housing expertise to improve the patient and GP experience across 25 surgeries in Cardiff and Barry.

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An Occupational Therapist’s Access Checklist – a Practical Tool

Housing LIN, November 2017

This checklist has been developed as a quick reference tool, to support decisions when making recommendations for the design of accessible and inclusive housing, when there may be a case to be made for exceeding the minimum requirements laid out in the Building Regulations.  It provides comparative information from a selection of design guidance on the specifications for dimensions and layout, from minimum requirements to more generous provision. Detailed reasoning is outlined in the respective documents. It is arranged as a list that details specific aspects of accommodation from the parking and approach to communal access, and internal layouts.

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The impact of housing problems on mental health

Shelter, April 2017

This report reveals that over the last five years one in five adults suffer mental health problems due to housing pressures. The research also surveyed the experiences of 20 GPs who highlighted the number of patients diagnosed with anxiety or depression directly due to housing issues and that GPs required greater help to support patients with housing problems.

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More than shelter: Supported accommodation and mental health

Centre for Mental Health, June 2016

This report reviews evidence about supported housing services for people with mental health problems in England.

People experiencing mental health problems are also more likely than average to experience difficulties with accommodation, e.g. rent or mortgage difficulties, living in deprived neighbourhoods and experiencing isolation. The report finds that there is very limited evidence about what kinds of support are most effective for people with mental health problems, but that most people prefer help in their own homes to being in sheltered or transitional accommodation.

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Mental health & housing: A project to identify which types of supported accommodation successfully meet the needs of people with mental health problems in order to recommend effective housing solutions

Mental Health Foundation, February 2016

This report makes several recommendations in relation to the quality of supported accommodation, the need for co-production in the design and development, the need to invest in the recruitment and continuous professional development of staff, the development of and support of staff to understand an implement the approaches articulated in polices and finally the need to put resources into ensuring that appropriate accommodation is available and provided to those in need, including people with mental health problems.

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