Help to Adapt
Help to Adapt is a Scottish Government initiative designed to help older people live independently in their own home for as long as possible.
The initiative encourages homeowners over 60 years old to consider making alterations to their property now to ensure it continues to meet their future needs. The aim is to help people stay safe and maintain their quality of life in their own home.
The Scottish Government has advised Link that the pilot Help to Adapt scheme will come to an end in March 2017, the end of its original two year pilot period.
Take up of the scheme has been limited, despite the best efforts of the team to promote this. This, together with learning from delivery of the pilot to date, has led the Scottish Government to conclude that the pilot as designed is not suitable for a national rollout and so it will not extend to a third year.
The Scottish Government recognises the positive feedback from older people who have used the scheme. Also the wider benefits from signposting and other forms of information and advice provided to people not eligible for the scheme or who chose not to proceed and the hard work and dedication of the pilot team.
Appropriate checks and balances have ensured the pilot has been delivered to the required standards and contract specifications. In line with the requirements of the contract between Link and the Scottish Government an exit strategy has been developed and the implementation of this has begun.
Under the terms of the exit strategy Help to Adapt will continue to be funded until end of March. Applications will be accepted until 7 January and the Help to Adapt team will continue to provide information, advice and assistance regarding options available including signposting to other services to those contacting the service after this time.
The Scottish Government and Link recognise the rising demand for assistance with adaptations. We will continue to work with older and disabled people to identify ways of enabling people to live independently in their own homes.
Call the team on 0330 303 7801, complete the online enquiry form or write to us at:
Help to Adapt Team, Link Group Ltd, Watling House, Callendar Business Park, Callendar Road, Falkirk, FK1 1XR.