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Journal article

Housing adaptations: understanding their worth

Author:
HEYWOOD Frances
Journal article citation:
Housing Care and Support, 4(4), November 2001, pp.20-23.
Publisher:
Emerald

Reports on recent project which has been seeking to assess the effectiveness of housing adaptations from the point of view of the resident. The research was carried out in 1999-2000 by teams of professionals (housing, environmental health and occupational therapy staff) working in partnerships with a research co-ordinator and with two disabled researchers. The study found that adaptations improve the quality of life of the people whose homes are adapted, and they deliver on a number of key government objectives.

Journal article

The health outcomes of housing adaptations

Author:
HEYWOOD Frances
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 19(2), March 2004, pp.129-143.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

In 1999-2000 a team of professionals and researchers carried out the largest research study so far undertaken with recipients of housing adaptations in England and Wales to discover how effectively the adaptations had achieved their objectives. Amongst the findings was evidence that well-designed adaptations had beneficial, and/or preventative effects on both physical and mental health; that these benefits were long-term and that they extended beyond the disabled person to help the health of other family members. The evidence presented is linked with key themes from other research to trace in detail the pathways that lead from unadapted or badly adapted housing to mental and physical ill health. It is suggested that these themes, including the meaning of home and the concept of intrusion are vital to understanding how health gains may be achieved through adaptation, and are useful and relevant to the broader debate on links between housing and health.

Journal article

Adaptation policies especially for children: key factors for effective outcomes

Author:
HEYWOOD Frances
Journal article citation:
Journal of Integrated Care, 11(1), February 2003, pp.22-27.
Publisher:
Emerald

Looks at the findings of research supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation into the effectiveness of adaptations for disabled children. Highlights the importance of good adaptations, and the problems of poor adaptations that do not allow for children's growth or development. Looks at the implications for policy and practice, and offers a checklist to help with planning.

Book

Funding adaptations: the need to cooperate

Authors:
HEYWOOD Frances, SMART Gavin
Publisher:
Policy Press
Publication year:
1996
Pagination:
201p.,tables.
Place of publication:
Bristol

Presents an in depth picture of how aids and adaptations for disabled people are funded in England and Wales. Brings together information from a wide range of funders. Makes recommendations for legislation, policy clarification, training, research and resources.

Book

Housing and home in later life

Authors:
HEYWOOD Frances, OLDMAN Christine, MEANS Robert
Publisher:
Open University Press
Publication year:
2002
Pagination:
185p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Buckingham

At the heart of all policies of supporting people to live and thrive into old age lies the concept of home. Yet there is a vacuum where policies concerning housing issues should be, and such policies as exist are profoundly ageist and often based on a medical model of disability. The authors of this volume share a commitment to see the issues of later life and housing re-thought to address more adequately the diverse needs and preferences of a group who constitute around one quarter of the population. The book has three strands; to uncover the theoretical origins of accepted practice; to present a critique of the present policies and to consider new theories, ideas and methodologies for achieving user centred changes.

Book

Adaptations: finding ways to say yes

Author:
HEYWOOD Frances
Publisher:
University of Bristol. School for Advanced Urban Studies
Publication year:
1994
Pagination:
138p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Bristol

Report designed to give encouragement and practical ideas to those who are involved in carrying out adaptations and the administration, in particular, of the disabled facilities grant. Aims to suggest ways of getting adaptations done in the most satisfactory way from the user's point of view. Includes sections on: the centrality of the user; assessing demand and securing resources; the home adaptation process; sources of funding; cooperation between agencies; the role of home improvement agencies; interpreting the legislation; occupational therapists; practical problems and reducing delays; specific user groups; and the alternative of rehousing.

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