Draft Medical Adaptations Policy Consultation

Draft Medical Adaptations Policy

 We know that when health or mobility deteriorates most people prefer to remain in their own home for as long as possible. By adapting existing properties the Association can help tenants to achieve this goal. Alterations such as this are called medical adaptations and the Council provides some grant funding assistance to allow these works to be carried out. Adaptations can include fitting additional handrails or ramps or replacing a bath with a level access shower to improve access for those with decreasing mobility.

The Association can only undertake medical adaptation works following a referral from a medically qualified Occupational Therapist. They will assess the medical needs of the tenant and will recommend appropriate alterations. Unfortunately, we are not always able to take forward requested adaptations. This can be because the property is not suitable for adaptation or because there is not enough funding available to meet demand.

We have developed a Medical Adaptations Policy that sets down our approach to undertaking adaptations. This explains how we will:

  • Respond to referrals for medical adaptations to existing properties.
  • Assess the suitability of the property for the adaptation.
  • Consider other housing options with the tenant requiring the adaptation.
  • Prioritise and programme adaptation works.
  • Keep tenants informed during the process.
  • Report and record adaptations so that homes are most effectively allocated in the future.

A copy of the full draft policy can be found here :    Draft Medical Adaptations Policy

Key elements within the policy

We would like to hear your views on the key elements within the draft policy:

  • How we assess and prioritise medical adaptation works, based on the priority score given by the Occupational Therapist.
  • The practical considerations we will take into account when assessing whether to take forward a requested adaptation.
  • The assistance we can offer to tenants to potentially move to a property that better meets their medical requirements.
  • How we aim to allocate previously adapted properties.
  • The timescale for considering a new adaptation request following the start of a tenancy.

We would appreciate your feedback on these key elements of the proposed Medical Adaptations Policy.

To provide feedback please contact us by:

Email : SHA@shettleston.co.uk

Tel :     0141 763 0511

Post:   Helen McGregor House, 65 Pettigrew Street, GLASGOW, G32 7XR