Older people gain through rapid home adaptations by GCH
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing
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The time taken to install a major adaptation has been savaged from 17 months in 2005 to just over five weeks in 2014, according to Gloucester City Homes.
Residents who need minor adaptations such as grab rails, stair rails, ramps and dropped kerbs have gained even more dramatically. "(They) can now expect to have these completed in only nine days compared to 57 weeks in 2005," GCH said.
It's all part of GCH’s Lifetime Homes Programme, which aims to help people stay independent in their own homes.
Over the last eight years, GCH has invested over £5.3 million on upgrading the homes of 2,270 vulnerable and tenants with a disability. Medical adaptation assessments are carried out by GCH’s own in-house occupational therapist thanks to a partnership with the local county council.
Adaptations include ramps, rails, stair lifts, walk-in showers, steps and over bath showers. Most residents receiving the service either are over 60 or have a disability. GCH says its work has resulted in significant financial gains to health and local authority services through a reduction in admissions to hospitals and care homes due to falls and other health issues.
One GCH resident, who had a level access shower installed, said she was "over the moon" with the work.