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

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Turner, Lynn; Heywood, Frances
Office for Disability Issues
Date of publication
1 May 2007
Disabled people, Health Services, Housing and Homelessness, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Social Policy
Social welfare
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This report summary seeks, in the context of contemporary demographic changes in society,to develop frameworks for policy and practice which allow for both the reduction of costs and improvement of outcomes in health and social care provision. The research considers means of making savings by reducing or completely removing an existing outlay, prevention of an outlay that would have otherwise been incurred, prevention of waste and achieving better outcomes for the same cost. The findings suggest that although not all adaptations or improvements save money, where they are an alternative to residential care, prevent major injury or future expense, reduce time in hospital, relieve the burden on carers or improve the mental health of an entire household, they will save money and sometimes on a massive scale.

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