The bridge between housing and health - Paul's blog

It’s been a busy few months. The announcement that Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) funding would more than double was a very welcome surprise. It was preceded by our well received report into residential care savings and led into the very successful DFG summit that we held with the College of Occupational Therapists just before Christmas.

As more detail has been release about the increase in DFG funding, it has become clear that it represents a massive vote of confidence for the home improvement sector, especially at a time when so many other areas are facing the reality of cuts in funding. But with increased resources comes increased responsibility and expectation – to keep people out of residential care longer and to get them home from hospital quicker.

This brings a once on a generation opportunity for Home Improvement Agencies to become the bridge between housing and health – as the only housing service that can deliver for all patients regardless of tenure.

It’s a challenging ambition, but one ‘we’ must take on if we are to meet the needs of the vast majority of people who want to remain living warm, safe and independent lives in their own home. And by ‘we’ I mean the whole sector. Foundations will play its part, but to meet this challenge we will need to come together, collaborate with others and build alliances and partnerships.

It would be great to see you at the national conference in Manchester on 20 April, join us and other HIAs as we start on this adventure of collaboration and innovation together. Don’t miss out.