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Adaptations, Aids and Equipment Advice Note

Adaptations, Aids and Equipment Advice Note

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-78544-301-5

This note sets out the requirements to delegate housing adaptations, amongst some other housing related functions, to Integration Authorities.

Executive Summary

The availability of appropriate good quality housing and housing services has been identified as making an important contribution to improving health and wellbeing outcomes and to the success of integrated health and social care.

Being able to live safely and comfortably at home is important to many older and disabled people who want to live independently and stay in their own home for as long as possible.

Outcome 2 of the National Health and Wellbeing Outcomes acknowledges the important role which housing plays in people’s lives. Successful integration of health and social care services should provide for more people to be cared for and supported at home or in a homely setting.

This outcome aims to ensure delivery of community based services, with a focus on prevention and anticipatory care, to mitigate against inappropriate admission to hospital or long term care settings. It recognises that independent

living is key to improving health and wellbeing, and responds to Scottish Ministers’ commitment to support the reshaping of services to better care for and support the increasing number of people with complex needs in Scotland.

To underpin this, the range of Local Authority functions that must be delegated, includes aspects of includes aspects of housing support, aids and adaptions(equipment and adaptions).