The role of home adaptations in improving later life - we need your reports

The Centre for Ageing Better has commissioned a team from the University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE Bristol) and the Building Research Establishment (BRE) to conduct a review of the evidence into how home adaptations can contribute to a good later life.

The new review aims to provide evidence on the most effective home adaptations to inform the decisions of health care professionals such as occupational therapists, those that pay for adaptations,  and those that design and sell adaptations. The last evidence review was published in 2007; since then more information has become available, which UWE Bristol and BRE will review comprehensively, including both relevant UK and international research.

The researchers welcome your contribution to this review.

The literature search for the report will begin in November 2016 and is due to be completed by January 2017.  This will leave time for analysis and modelling work before publication of the final outputs in July 2017.  The review will contain academic and grey literature and we are writing to ask you to help us with the grey literature.

They are looking for studies that consider the impact and outcomes of home adaptations on older people’s lives irrespective of whether they own or rent their home.

Common grey literature publication types include reports (annual, research, technical, project, surveys, statistical etc.), working papers, government documents, white papers and evaluation.  They are often on websites, but may be distributed privately within organisations.  Organisations that produce grey literature include: national, regional and local government departments or agencies, non-governmental organisations, academic centres and departments, and private companies and consultants.  Grey literature may be from the UK or international.

Please can you send Janet Ige Janet.Ige@uwe.ac.uk up to five pieces of grey literature by Friday November 25th 2016.  This can be in PDF format, word documents or web links. If you only have a hardcopy please ring Janet on 0117 328 7792. If the material has not been published and there are any restrictions on it being in the public domain please will you make this clear.

In addition, if you have done a piece of work that includes a literature search of topics relating to the impact and outcomes of adaptations, we would appreciate receiving a copy of your bibliography if you are willing to share it. 

Thank you for your help with this important piece of work.