What SAHN members do
Maintain the stock of adapted homes
We encourage social housing providers, private landlords and estate agents not to rip out adaptations, but rather to keep them in place for new tenants or owners who need them.
Mrs. B wanted to move to a smaller home leaving her fully adapted, 4-bedroom home of 30 years. She no longer needed an adapted house because her husband, a wheelchair user, had sadly died. Houseability helped her to apply for a move.Meanwhile, in another part of town, Mrs. G's son had become a full-time wheelchair user and couldn't use the stairs. Her daughter lived at home and now had a baby. It was clear that her 2-storey 3-bedroom council house was no longer suitable.Houseability was in touch with both families, and realised here was an opportunity for a swap beneficial to both parties. Aberdeenshire Council agreed. Mrs. G moved into a house ready-adapted for her family's needs. Mrs. B moved to a smaller 2-bedroom house, and Houseability supported her to successfully apply for a Downsizing Grant.
Support people in all tenures
Many older home owners who have become disabled, find they can't maintain their homes. They start to feel trapped. SAHN members help them understand the options open to them and the help they can get.
Mr. and Mrs. F. are an elderly couple, both with health problems, who struggled to maintain their property. They had no help and the house was becoming uninhabitable, with ceilings falling in because of a leak. They could not use the bath and handbasin, and the property was damp. With Houseability's help they were able to apply for a home that met their needs, and they moved to a lovely one-bedroom bungalow. Houseability also helped them to successfully apply for attendance allowance. The change transformed their lives.
Improve delayed release from hospital
So-called bed blocking is a growing problem in Scotland. In October 2014, 321 patients were still in hospital more than four weeks after they were ready to go home. Of these, 90 were waiting to return to their own home. SAHN members support people to find a home to meet changed needs, or to speed up getting aids or adaptations.
J. was in a care home, but was desperate for home of his own, and there was no reason why he could not manage one. He wanted to get out and about, have family to visit and enjoy more social contact. GCIL visited him in the care home and supported him to complete 12 housing applications (yes, 12, all different). Finally, he was offered a tenancy close to his family, but with the level of support he needed. And the care home was able to offer his place to someone who was ready to leave hospital.
Tackle complex housing issues
The inflexibility of private renting; the poor supply of accessible social housing; the prohibitive cost of home ownership - all come together to create a housing market that makes life really hard for disabled people. SAHN member organisations have the resources to take complex problems to a happy conclusion.
Mr. and Mrs. S. lived with their two daughters in a privately rented house, unsuitable for their daughter with Retts Syndrome, and not suitable for adaptation. They didn't think they would ever afford to buy their own home. Waiting lists for social housing in their area are very long, and they were at their wits' end when Housing Options stepped in.HO was able to give them the good news that home ownership was an option, using the Scottish Government's LIFT Open Market Scheme. They helped the couple to apply for and get a mortgage. They gathered evidence from their doctor, occupational therapist and financial advisor to explain to LIFT why they needed a house costing more than the usual scheme limit. The move complete, HO then helped the family apply for the adaptations their daughter needed. This case took almost a year of focused effort to complete, and shows the importance of specialist disability housing advice agencies.
Help with Aids & Adaptations
To be added - Fife?