What was the issue you were addressing or working on?
The case study illustrates the impact of the investment made in Targeted Housing Adaptations to support hospital discharge. This is an example of addressing a barrier to timeous, appropriate discharge (ie suitable housing) through much speedier access to adaptation resources. There has been a range of linked improvements in waiting times for adaptations as set out below.
What you did?
Mr R was in hospital and, as the result of an illness that drastically reduced his mobility, was unable to return to his previous 2 storey home where he lived with his wife. The couple applied for rehousing and were assessed by Housing OT on 23 November 2012. Because of their priority status, the couple were quickly selected for a property. Housing OT identified that the property could be adapted to meet Mr R’s needs by the provision of a wheelchair access ramp.
After Mrs R viewed the property, the couple accepted it on 12/12/2012. It was fortunate that designs for a ramp at the property were already available, having been prepared for the previous tenant but not completed. This allowed an instruction to be issued to the Change Fund contractor without delay. Work on the property commenced immediately after the Christmas break, on 7/1/2013, and was complete shortly afterwards.
What were the outcomes - benefits or otherwise?
Mr R was able to return home and is now being supported at home by his wife, assisted by carers.
It is possible that, without the Change Fund, we would not have been in a position to seriously consider offering the property to Mr R because of the probable timescale to arrange the ramp installation. Having said that, in this instance, it is only fair to acknowledge that having the plans for a ramp already to hand made a substantial difference, too. Nevertheless, having the Change Fund has meant that we are able to undertake adaptations that, in some cases, would not have happened at all because we no longer have to factor in the wait for funding to be available and that was the case with Mr R.
To put things in context, average time from assessment to adaptation (not including handrails) being instructed dropped by about 5 months between 2011, before the Change Fund, and now. The change has been even more dramatic for work with lower priority scores e.g. 15 and under, where the waiting time from assessment to instruction has dropped by about 7 ½ months. Even handrails, which we have always tried to order without delay, saw a reduction in this same waiting period of over 4 weeks.
Contacts - to find out more
Heather Anderson, Heather.firstname.lastname@example.org 01292 612911