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Review of Housing Adaptations Services

Updated: 22 Mar 2019
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The toolkit incorporates best practce guidance for housing adaptations design
Disabled adaptation railings

Service Improvements

As a result of the Inter-Departmental Review of Housing Adaptations Services a number of service improvements were agreed for action.

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

The Department for Communities and Department of Health have jointly signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for housing adaptations services in Northern Ireland. The MOU sets out relevant legislation, organisational responsibilities and areas for collaboration.

Adaptations Design Communications Toolkit

Together with the two departments, we have worked closely with disabled people, occupational therapists, housing designers, the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations since the consultation period. This work has resulted in the agreement of an Adaptations Design Communications Toolkit:
The toolkit incorporates best practice guidance for housing adaptations design.

Minor Adaptations in social housing

We have published guidance on the Minor Adaptations to Housing Executive and Housing Association properties that do not require an Occupational Therapist (OT) recommendation.

Review of Housing Adaptations

The Housing Executive, on behalf of the Department for Social Development (DSD) and the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) sought the views of the public on the Inter-Departmental Review of Housing Adaptations Services Final Report and Action Plan 2016.
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Original Review

The Department for Social Development and the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety jointly launched a Review of Housing Adaptations Services in February 2010. A public consultation was conducted as part of the review.
As part of the consultation process the following documents were published:

Summary of Consultation responses

Both Departments expressed their gratitude to all those who responded to the consultation which was undertaken in 2013. All responses were analysed and the summary is now available:
The consultation responses will help to inform the development of a final outcomes focussed report.

Environmental Control Systems (ECS): Scoping Review 2018

RF Associates, in association with Professor Suzanne Martin of Ulster University, were appointed to undertake a scoping study of Environmental Control Systems (ECS) for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive in January 2017.
The study set out to review current service provision and help determine how co-ordinated Health and Social Care (HSC) / Housing service provision of home environmental control technology can support independent living of disabled people (both under and over 18) within Northern Ireland. The work focuses specifically on ECS that enable co-ordinated control of the home environment by a person living with a physical disability. This includes a defined range of electronic assistive technologies described as environmental control systems which enable control over the home environment for example opening doors, windows and turning on lights.