A £4 million investment to improve support for disabled and elderly people wanting to live independently in their own home has been announced by Welsh Labour’s Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths.
From 1 April 2016 the enhanced system of delivering essential housing adaptations such as ramps, handrails, walk-in showers and stair-lifts, will be rolled out across Wales. Enable – Support for Independent Living will make it quicker and easier for people to get help when they need it.
Each year, around £50 million is spent on adapting elderly and disabled people’s homes, helping them to live safely and independently. Often a minor adaptation can prevent the need for hospital admission or allow those who are in hospital to be discharged earlier.
The new simplified system will improve current arrangements by providing three broad levels of assistance based on people’s needs, while providing greater flexibility and reducing bureaucracy.
Estimates show every pound invested in housing adaptations creates a £7.50 saving for our health and social services.