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Scheme which helps older people live independently at home now available across most of Central Scotland

Homeowners across most of Central Scotland are being encouraged to make alterations to their homes to ensure they continue to meet future needs, as Inverclyde, West Dunbartonshire and Clackmannanshire join 12 other local authorities in supporting the Scottish Government’s Help to Adapt scheme.

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Help to Adapt encourages homeowners, aged 60 or over, to be proactive in adapting their homes to enable their long-term independence and quality of life. Uniquely it will help owners pay for the adaptations by using the equity in their own homes, and organise all the work for them.

The pilot initiative, managed by Link Group, provides a personalised service which aims to deliver peace of mind for homeowners. It removes the stress of having to organise the installation of adaptations, such as stair lifts or handrails, and offers assistance to manage the process every step of the way.

Mrs Pillans, a current Help to Adapt client, welcomed the scheme saying:

“It’s a great idea, brilliant to have it as an option at our age. Glad I was given this number to call.”

Angela Gardiner, Help to Adapt Contract Manager, said:

“Help to Adapt is helping homeowners to consider their future needs at an early stage, to plan to stay in control and have a choice about how and when they adapt their home. Over the last year, we have worked in partnership with individuals and with the Scottish Government to test and develop this brand new approach to enabling older homeowners to adapt their homes.

“Now the scheme is fully established, and our dedicated team of advisors, occupational therapist and technical advisers are making a real difference to older people and to their families. Link is delighted to be able to extend the geographical range to most of Central Scotland to help more people live well at home.”

To find out more about Help to Adapt visit www.HelpToAdaptScotland.co.uk or contact the Help to Adapt team on 0330 303 7801