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New Toolkit to streamline housing adaptations process

Published: Wed, 2 Apr 2014
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The toolkit has been endorsed as best practice guidance for housing adaptations design benchmarking,
Disabled adaptation ramped access
Health Minister Edwin Poots and Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland have endorsed a new housing adaptations toolkit.
The document will help disabled and older people visualise and discuss proposed housing adaptations.
The Housing Adaptations Design Communications Toolkit is the product of cross sector collaborative working between the Housing Executive, the two Departments, disabled people, occupational therapists and housing designers/providers.
Both Departments have endorsed the toolkit as best practice guidance for cross sector housing adaptations design benchmarking, inter-agency communications protocols and the provision of minor housing adaptations which do not require Health and Social Care Trust Occupational Therapy assessment.
Health Minister Edwin Poots said: “Under Transforming Your Care, home is the hub of care. Although the vast majority of disabled and older people live independently, it may be necessary at times to adapt their homes to meet their ever changing needs.
“That is why I am pleased to launch, along with my ministerial colleague Nelson McCausland, a new toolkit that will give them more say in how their housing adaptation transpires.
“I want to promote full inclusion in this process, which will help to secure improvements in the delivery of housing adaptations services throughout Northern Ireland.”
Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland said: “Growing older or acquiring a life-altering illness can often present particular housing challenges to individuals and families.
“I am therefore very pleased that DHSSPS and my Department have worked together to ensure those requiring adaptations to their homes, can better understand how their needs can be met and adaptations can be provided in a timely and consistent way.”
The toolkit includes:
  • A range of minor housing adaptations, which can be provided without the need for referral to HSC Trusts for assessment, thus harmonising NIHE and Housing Association provision;
  • Evidence based, consistent and equitable housing adaptations design standards for all housing tenures;
  • Improved design formats that will help disabled people visualise and discuss proposed housing adaptations;
  • Standardised and robust occupational therapy formats for housing adaptations recommendations, financial governance, specifications, and follow up communications to all housing providers;
The Housing Adaptations Design Communications Toolkit is now availabe to view: