Inappropriate housing causing disabled people 'physical and mental harm'

phys.org | 9/25/2018 | Staff
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Leading housing experts are warning that disabled home-seekers are experiencing adverse emotional and mental distress due to a lack of suitable accommodation.

It follows the publication of an 18-month long study led by researchers at the University of Stirling, Housing Options Scotland and Horizon Housing Association, which looked at the effectiveness of allocations and lettings practice for accessible and adapted social housing in Scotland.

Home-seekers - Authority - Areas - Part - Research

Of the 28 disabled home-seekers based in three local authority areas, who took part in the research, the majority received inappropriate housing offers, or no offers at all, during the course of the study. University of Stirling researchers Dianne Theakstone and Julia Lawrence adopted a co-production approach which ensured disabled people were closely involved throughout the study.

During interviews with researchers, one participant seeking a more suitable home described how, even with a stair-lift installed in her current accommodation, she had to make eight transfers between chair, wheelchair, stair-lift and toilet—and back again—in order to use the bathroom.

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Professor Isobel Anderson, who led the research team, said: "Disabled people's extended lived experience of inappropriate housing, while waiting for a more accessible home, clearly causes considerable physical and mental harm. The key findings highlighted a proactive approach from local housing providers, yet distance between their aspirations and the experiences of disabled people.

"Disabled people and their families should have equal housing opportunities and the right to an accessible home in the community that ensures and protects their human rights. This academically rigorous report gives all stakeholders the opportunity and evidence to shape lettings policy and practice to optimize effectiveness in matching disabled people to suitable homes, as well as increasing our stock of accessible housing."

Research - Grant - Disability - Research - Independent

Supported by a research grant from the Disability Research into Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) program, the Match Me study also uncovered important evidence that the assessment of...
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