Changes made to a property to benefit a disabled person, e.g. putting in a walk-in shower, fitting a stairlift, fitting extra handrails, or making a ramp.
Since January 1989 all tenants of Housing Associations have assured tenancies. There are fewer rights in law than secure tenants, although Housing Corporation guidance requires some of these rights to be written into assured tenancy agreements.
Care and Repair
Services to help older home owners with repairs, improvements and adaptations to their homes.
Community alarm services provided by Councils and Housing Associations. They provide older and vulnerable people with a 24hr contact should there be a problem.
A system for people to access social housing, operating in most area of Derbyshire. It aims to give a more customer-focused approach to the letting of social housing.
Extra Care Housing
Sometimes called ‘very sheltered housing’. People buy or rent a home for life and receive home care and support. They remain tenants or owners.
Help given to those who need it as and when required. The person providing the support does not ‘live in’ and it can be scaled up or down.
Where someone is paying over 10% of their disposable income on fuel bills.
An agreement between health, housing and social services to help plan a person’s discharge from hospital.
Services that promote independence, prevent hospital and residential care admission and/or enable early discharge. Intermediate care typically provides community-based alternatives to traditional hospital care.
Includes Low Cost Home Ownership Schemes, designed to meet the needs of households who cannot access full cost market housing but who can afford to pay more than Housing Association rents.
Personal welfare LPAs which can only be used when the donor lacks capacity to make relevant personal welfare or health decisions.
A property and affairs LPA which can be used whether the person has or lacks capacity to make the decisions for themselves unless they have specified otherwise in their LPA.
A home which can adapt and be adapted to cater for a wide range of abilities. This gives the best access and use to occupants. It also gives the best chance to those who may develop particular needs to remain in their home.
Older People’s Mental Health.
PCT (Primary Care Trust)
Part of the National Health Service. Plans local health services and works with Housing and Social Services to assess and plan services to meet identified needs.
Assessment made by a designated NHS nurse in order to place an individual’s need for registered nursing care in one of three bands for state funding (in England).
Short-term or regular care for patients which provides relief to carers by providing another carer. It can also provide opportunity for medical or nursing reassessment or a period of rehabilitation.
RSLs and HAs
Registered Social Landlords and Housing Associations are ‘not for profit’ organisations that provide homes in partnership with local councils. They also provide housing for people with particular needs such as older people or people with disabilities.
Single Assessment Process. Aims to provide a comprehensive system for planning services. Also aims to cut out duplication of assessments by health, housing and social services.
The majority of tenants in social housing and Housing Association tenants who tenancy started before 1989 are secure tenants and have a range of additional rights (covered by the Housing Act 1985).
An arrangement for purchasing a home in partnership with a Housing Association. Each pay a part of the purchase price (via a mortgage), and then the tenant pays rent on the share purchased by the HA.
Housing which provides specific named officer as a first point of contact. This type of scheme is normally only for older people or for those with disabilities. The propertiesmay have adaptations and usually be on one level or have a lift. There are 2 categories of Sheltered Housing: Category I offers daily contact on weekdays and a 24-hour Carelink scheme for emergencies. There are some communal services and activities available. Category II as category 1 but within a complex including a communal lounge and possibly gardens with organised activities and social events
A period of care in a care home for up to 3 weeks (extendable in certain circumstances). It can also provide an opportunity for medical or nursing assessment or a period of rehabilitation.
The way the government tries to improve housing related help for older and other vulnerable people. Local Councils are funded by the government to plan and pay for services in their area. SP was introduced in 2003. Before this, Housing Benefit paid for housing support services.
TARAs (Tenants’ and Residents’ Associations)
Groups of tenants and residents who live in a particular area. Meetings are held monthly to help look at local housing and housing related issues.
New technology which helps people improve safety and security at home. It includes equipment such as fall detectors, gas detectors and systems for monitoring health and medication.
Temporary arrangement whereby hospital staff arrange care in an alternative home when an individual’s preferred home or care agency is unable to provide care when it is required.