Commenting on the publication of the new Centre for Ageing Better ‘Adapting for Ageing’ report, George McNamara, Director of Policy and Influencing at Independent Age, the older people’s charity, said: 

“It is clear that there are some exemplary councils across England implementing innovative adaptations for older people to remain in their homes. These are of immense benefit, enabling families to stay close together and for individuals to remain in their own communities plus the longer-term financial savings for councils and the NHS. However, the stark reality is thousands of older people continue to be unable to access lifelines such as the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG). These solutions and innovations are great and are making a massive difference, but they can only be fully effective if the Disabled Facilities Grant continues to be funded by Government so that older people in England are treated equally no matter where they live.”

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