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Yorkshire Housing has been named in a report by a national charity highlighting innovation and good practice among councils and service providers.

The report, ‘Adapting for Ageing’, by the Centre for Ageing Better and Care and Repair England, highlights good practice and forward-thinking initiatives by councils and service providers on adapting and improving homes to help people to stay home for longer.

Adaptations enable people to carry out everyday activities such as cooking, bathing or using the toilet and ultimately allow people to stay in their homes. They are also highly cost-effective; improving wellbeing, keeping people out of hospital, preventing or delaying moves into residential care and reducing the need for carers.

Yorkshire Housing’s home improvement agency was named in the report as one of the services that showed innovation for its work in home adaptations and falls prevention, and the report called on other service providers to learn from the good practice.

The report also stressed that local efforts must be given sufficient funding to provide these important services. Jo Irving, head of Yorkshire Housing’s home improvement agency, said:

“We’ve been adapting people’s homes for years and these are sometimes life-changing alterations to ensure that people are able to stay in their homes for longer, whether this means hand rails or garage conversions. This service can make all the difference to the lives of some of our customers and can enable them to come home from hospital or to remain with their families, which is vital for a good quality of life. I’m proud to be working with teams such as ours and we will continue to learn and to deliver an excellent service through our adaptations and home improvement agencies.”

You can access the full report by the Centre for Ageing Better here.