NIFHA has welcomed the launch of a public consultation on housing adaptations.
Adaptations are undertaken by housing associations as well as the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE), and Social Care Trusts. These are changes that are made to the home of a person with a disability to make it suitable for their needs and promote independent living.
Housing adaptations can range from the re-siting of electrical sockets and cupboards to the installation of level access showers or building an extension.
This consultation, which runs until 19 April, invites views on the Housing Adaptations Final Report and Action Plan which includes recommendations on how the Departments, agencies and others can better collaborate with each other, use resources more effectively, and deliver better services.
Significant work with people with disabilities, occupational therapists, housing designers and providers has been undertaken since the original consultation and this has resulted in some actions, where there was broad support, having already been progressed. This includes, for example, the development of an Adaptations Design Communications Toolkit which delivers across a series of design standards and governance recommendations contained in the review.
This consultation is being co-ordinated by NIHE on behalf of the Department for Social Development (DSD) and the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS).
The full consultation document can be downloaded from the NIHE website at http://www.nihe.gov.uk/index/corporate/consultation.htm and queries/responses can be submitted:
By telephone on: 02890 318561.
By text relay on: 18001 02890 318561.
By post to:
NIHE Housing Adaptations Policy Unit
Fifth Floor, Housing Centre
2 Adelaide St