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Help to Adapt Evaluation

The evaluation of the Help to Adapt scheme aims to inform future Scottish Government and local authority policy development related to enabling older people to remain living independently at home

The Scottish Government’s Help to Adapt pilot scheme set out to test the design of a service which would enable home owners to use their own resources to adapt their homes to suit their needs in later life.  This meant looking at areas such as the appetite / demand for equity loans, the impact of helping people plan ahead and their willingness to use equity to pay for adaptations. It also wanted to test a service design which integrated access to occupational therapist assessment and a full project management service.

The evaluation also aims to gather and present information to share learning from Link’s experience as the managing agent for the Help to Adapt pilot.

Who has been invited to participate?

An important part of the evaluation is finding out what homeowners and stakeholders think about the scheme so we are asking them to share their experience with us. We are contacting a range of homeowners who have either been in contact with Help to Adapt for information about the scheme, have received advice and information from the team or have progressed with a loan application through the scheme. We are also contacting stakeholders such as local authority strategic leads, contractors and contacts who may have promoted the scheme, requested information about the scheme or made referrals to the Help to Adapt team.

What will happen with the results of the evaluation?

Once the evaluation project is completed, Link will provide an evaluation report on the findings to Scottish Government and plans to make the report, or its key findings, publicly available as part of our commitment to sharing the learning gained through delivering the pilot scheme.

Further information 

If you have any questions or you would like to contribute to the evaluation by completing our survey, please contact Angela Gardiner, Contract Manager and Research Manager for the evaluation on 0330 303 7801 or email