Better outcomes, lower costs: implications for health and social care budgets of investment in housing adaptations, improvements and equipment: a review of the evidence

Document type
Turner, Lynn; Heywood, Frances
Office for Disability Issues
Date of publication
1 May 2007
Disabled people, Health Services, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Social Policy
Social welfare
Material type

Download (485KB )

This report considers, in the context of current demographic changes in society, any policy with the power to reduce the costs of health and social care for older and disabled people and enable resources to serve more people must be of interest to government. If the policy also produces improved quality of life outcomes, it will be all the more welcome. The Audit Commission and other bodies have asserted that increased investment in housing adaptations and equipment would bring significant savings to the National Health Service and to social services budgets, but funding and structures, compounded by the lack of clear evidence, have created barriers to such investment. To tackle one part of this problem, this report has gathered the evidence together through a search of the international literature, in the disciplines of medicine, housing studies, ageing studies, economics, health-economics and occupational therapy, and through use of case studies from the grey literature. The report considers saving measures through prevention of future outlay, reducing or removing outlay, reduction of waste and achieving better outcomes. The research suggests that not all adaptations and improvements save money, but where they are an alternative to residential care, or prevent hip fractures or speed hospital discharge; where they relieve the burden of carers or improve the mental health of a whole household, they will save money, sometimes on a massive scale.

Related to Office for Disability Issues

Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement (VPR) programme: guidance for local authorities and partners

The government is expanding the existing Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement (VPR) Scheme and intends to resettle up to 20,000 Syrians in need of protection during this Parliament. This fact sheet

Letter from the Home Secretary to the Chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, 27 October 2015

This is a letter from Theresa May, the Home Secretary, to Professor Iversen, the Chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, dated 27th October 2015. It is a response to recommendations

Counter-extremism strategy

British values are under attack from extremists operating at a pace and scale not before seen. The government will meet this challenge with a new and more assertive approach to defeat extremists. It

The nature of online offending: explored from Crown Prosecution Service case files

Evidence regarding online offenders is limited and there are key gaps in knowledge around offender demographics, backgrounds and criminal careers. However, online offences and offenders are not easily

More items related to this publisher