Accessible and Inclusive Housing – Bringing Together a Focus on Adaptations as an Integrated Priority Across Policy Agendas in Scotland

Housing LIN Case Study 169 Cover

Written by Lorna Cameron, Vikki McCall, Jill Pritchard, Charlie McMillan, Alison Docherty and Susan Webster, this new Housing LIN Case Study (No. 169) on accessible and inclusive housing is written in the context of the 'Enhancing the accessibility, adaptability and usability of Scotland’s homes consultation' being conducted by the Scottish Government (closing date 21st December 2023).

The authors of this case study acknowledge the chronic shortage of accessible housing in Scotland, with many Disabled people and older people often experiencing ill-health/injury as a direct result of being inappropriately housed, long wait years for suitable housing, unnecessary hospital wait times, and delays getting their homes adapted.

Although encouraged by the consultation process, they argue that there still needs to be a focus on making adaptations and retrofitting work to support the varying health needs within homes that exist already.

This case study therefore introduces the Accessible Housing Network, committed to developing and enhancing the evidence base to support the ongoing focus and investment in accessible housing, before sharing how the network links in with policy developments.

It also highlights key research:

  • On understanding both the academic evidence and policy landscape behind home adaptations via Adaptations Policy and Practice Projects, co-ordinated by CaCHE.
  • Examining adaptations through the perspectives of older people with University of Stirling in partnership with Age Scotland.
  • Looking at the role of technology, aids and adaptations examined as part of the INVITE Project.