Age, Home and Community, the Government’s housing strategy for older people emphasises the need to make best use of existing housing, where most older people live. South Lanarkshire’s housing service has been experiencing a significant increase in the demand for adaptations, reflecting the growing needs amongst its tenants. These adaptations are undertaken, as everywhere else, as and when an approach is made and often at a point of crisis in a person’s life.
The Council was keen to find a way to make its housing stock more suitable for older and disabled people when housing was being upgraded. This would benefit the tenant by assessing their individual needs and ‘anticipating’ needs which might arise later, and have cost benefits for the Council by adapting properties at scale.