Adaptations for aging at home in the UK: an evaluation of current practice

Zhou, W., Oyegoke, A.S. and Sun, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-7463-0246, 2019. Adaptations for aging at home in the UK: an evaluation of current practice. Journal of Aging and Social Policy. ISSN 0895-9420

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Abstract

Housing adaptation is necessary to enable elderly people to live independently longer in their own homes. This study aims to review current housing adaptation practice in different parts of the UK and discuss the policy implications at national and local levels. It adopted a mixed-methods research strategy. First, a questionnaire survey was carried out with all 378 local authorities in England, Scotland, and Wales; 112 valid responses were received, representing a response rate of around 30%. Then, interviews and a focus group meeting were conducted with professionals involved in the adaptation process and older clients. The research findings showed that the current number of housing adaptations is relatively small in most local authorities, compared with the potential demand of an aging population. They also revealed some inconsistencies and deficiencies in the system, leading to ineffective and inefficient adaptation service process. These need to be addressed by local authorities in order to improve their adaptation systems and achieve better outcomes.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Aging and Social Policy
Creators: Zhou, W., Oyegoke, A.S. and Sun, M.
Publisher: Informa UK
Date: 30 October 2019
ISSN: 0895-9420
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1080/08959420.2019.1685347DOI
1210395Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 15 Nov 2019 13:38
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2019 10:12
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/38319

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