The Health Cost-benefits of Adapting Housing for Disabled and Vulnerable People: 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Health Cost-benefits of Adapting Housing for Disabled and Vulnerable People

1st Edition

By Helen Garrett, Mike Roys, Selina Burris, Simon Nicol


40 pages | 19 Color Illus.

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pub: 2016-06-06
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In 2014 a ‘Bletchley Day’ workshop was organised by Care & Repair England. BRE was tasked with considering ways to demonstrate the investment value of home adaptations and modifications through the production of better evidence.

BRE researched some of the cost-benefit to the NHS of undertaking preventative home interventions for households with a long-term sickness or disability, where the risks of accidents in their home are worse than the national average.

This research has identified the need for preventative work in around 3 million households who have a long-term sickness and disability. This work would make their homes safer and warmer and so reduce the likelihood of NHS treatment and the need for a DFG adaptation required as a result of injury.

Table of Contents


Executive summary

1 Introduction

2 Research background

3 Literature and methodological review

4 Examples of home interventions reducing the risks of HHSRS hazards

5 A new cost-benefit model using the cost of poor housing approach

6 Estimating the reduction in cost to the NHS of home interventions

7 Additional costs to society of not adapting homes for the disabled and vulnerable

8 Conclusions

9 References

Appendix Literature review

About the Authors

Principal consultant and member of Housing and Energy Group at BRE

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TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction / General