Help to Adapt
Help to Adapt was a Scottish Government initiative designed to help older people live independently in their own home for as long as possible.
The initiative encouraged homeowners over 60 years old to consider making alterations to their property to ensure it continued to meet their future needs. The aim was to help people stay safe and maintain their quality of life in their own home.
The Scottish Government advised Link that the pilot Help to Adapt scheme would end on 31 March 2017, the end of its original two year pilot period. The final loans have now been approved and the Help to Adapt scheme has now come to an end.
Over the last few months, as the scheme was drawing to a close, the Help to Adapt team continued to provide information, advice and assistance to people contacting the service. Link has made a commitment to continue to provide support for homeowners through the installation of their adaptations and will fund the continuation of management, administration and technical advisor roles until the end of June.
Link has also made a commitment to undertake an evaluation of the pilot scheme: the evaluation aims to inform future Scottish Government policy development related to enabling older people to remain living independently at home. It also aims to gather and present information to share learning from Link’s experience as the managing agent for the Help to Adapt pilot.
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.
If you have any questions please contact Angela Gardiner, Contract Manager on 0330 303 7801 or email firstname.lastname@example.org