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The health outcomes of housing adaptations

Disability & Society

Author: Heywood, F.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 2004


In 1999?2000 a team of professionals and researchers carried out the largest research study so far undertaken with recipients of housing adaptations in England and Wales to discover how effectively the adaptations had achieved their objectives. Amongst the findings was evidence that well?designed adaptations had beneficial, and/or preventative effects on both physical and mental health; that these benefits were long?term and that they extended beyond the disabled person to help the health of other family members. The evidence presented is linked with key themes from other research to trace in detail the pathways that lead from unadapted or badly adapted housing to mental and physical ill health. It is suggested that these themes, including the meaning of home and the concept of intrusion are vital to understanding how health gains may be achieved through adaptation, and are useful and relevant to the broader debate on links between housing and health.

Further Details

Publish Dates: 2004/03/01
Full Title: Disability & Society
Pages: 129-143
Volume: 19
Issue: 2
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN/ISSN: 0968-7599
Electronic Resource Number: 10.1080/0968759042000181767
Access Date: 2013/10/15
Reads: 84