Helping older and disabled people live at home for longer
New deal for older people’s housing
In the housing strategy the government announced a new deal for older people’s housing.
We’re investing £1.5 million between 2011 and 2013 in the FirstStop information and advice service. FirstStop offers free, independent advice for older people, their families and carers and aims to help older people make informed decisions about their housing, care and support options. It also aims to help older people maintain independent living in later life.
We have provided £51 million towards handypersons’ services.
We are extending support for Home Improvement Agencies, who will provide help and advice to older and disabled people, housing associations and charities, including:
- housing advice, including help to move to more suitable accommodation if needed
- small home repairs, home safety and security adaptations
- energy efficiency advice
- arranging for adaptations and home repairs to be made, including grab rails, stair-lifts and major work such as ground-floor extensions
These agencies also offer hospital discharge services – giving older people leaving hospital care the support they need to be able to recuperate in the comfort of their own homes.
Disabled Facilities Grant funding
We are providing £185 million to fund the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) from 2014 to 2015. The grant helps older and disabled people adapt their homes so that they can live in them for longer.
The DFG is a mandatory entitlement administered by local housing authorities in England. It helps to fund the provision of home adaptations which help disabled people to live as comfortably and independently as possible in their own homes. These can include ramps, door-widening, stair-lifts and walk-in showers.
We’re committed to helping older people live independently by promoting the development of ‘lifetime neighbourhoods’. These are places that are designed to be lived in by all people regardless of their age or disability.
The government commissioned the Centre for Housing Policy at York University to produce an independent research report on lifetime neighbourhoods. The report brings together existing writings, research and practice examples. The report discusses how, for example, ageing, design, housing, transport, participation and green spaces can be linked when creating lifetime neighbourhoods.