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Adapting the adaptations process: tackling the barriers within policy and practice
This report gives insight to the fragmented policy landscape in Scotland around adaptations, with further experiences gathered from England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

This report gives insight to the fragmented policy landscape in Scotland around adaptations, with further experiences gathered from England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

There are many good practice examples throughout Scotland, and key stakeholders emphasise the important role for adaptations in the impact they make in people’s lives. However, the current systems that supports home adaptations in Scotland are fragmented, overly complex, and bureaucratic. These challenges undermine the preventive potential that adaptations can offer to service users. The report presents the perspectives of key stakeholders on how we can tackle the barriers within policy and practice within the adaptations process.

Adaptations involve health and wellbeing-related home and environmental modifications for social, private renters and home-owners. In Scotland and throughout the UK, there are various adaptations processes that support the access, assessment and delivery of adaptations for service users. The report offers a new process for understanding the adaptations process, presenting barriers attached to governance, need awareness, information and advice, assessment, funding, design, delivery, evaluation & performance monitoring.

Adaptations to homes and wider environments are essential for supporting health, social care and wellbeing needs, preventing health crises and future proofing homes for a diverse and ageing population. The processes that support adaptations, however, are fragmented, difficult to understand, and involve clear divergence between both local authority area and tenure. The evidence offered in this report leads to a clear need for finding a common approach across Scotland for supporting adaptations.

Author(s): Vikki McCall
Published: 08 September 2022
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