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Housing adaptations: Understanding their worth.

Housing, Care & Support

Author: Heywood, F.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 2001


Adaptations - permanent or fixed alterations to make homes more suitable for disabled occupants and their families - are important. A recent project has been seeking to assess their effectiveness from the point of view of the resident. The research was carried out in 1999-2000 by teams of professionals (housing, environmental health and occupational therapy staff) working in partnership with a research co-ordinator and with two disabled researchers. This approach generated important data and deficiencies which need to be addressed. There was one clear message from the findings: adaptations work. They improve the quality of life of the people whose homes are adapted, and they deliver on a number of key government objectives.

Further Details

Pages: 20-23
Volume: 4
Issue: 4
Accession Number: November, 2010
Keywords: modification, Housing, Disabled, carer
Reads: 109