Building projects given the green light to start producing homes that will support older and disabled people to live independently.

Building projects up and down the country have been given the green light to start producing homes that will support older and disabled people to live independently for as long as possible, Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb announced today.

Last year the government asked local authorities to bid for a share of £300 million to boost the supported housing market. The Department of Health has now allocated funding to build 3,544 new homes.

Norman Lamb, Care and Support Minister said:

As we know, most people want to be independent in their own homes and as the population ages, more and more of us will need housing that supports us to do that.

We have awarded companies funding to build 3,544 homes around the country. These will be tailored to people’s needs and will help them to remain active as long as possible without the need of going into a care home.

Better and more suitable housing will also alleviate pressure on carers and families, as the person being cared for will be able to carry out everyday tasks more easily.

Building new supported housing will help to meet the big long-term challenges such as demographic change and the ageing population. Affordable supportive housing is designed to be accessible and aid independent living by having, for example:

  • very few or no stairs
  • cupboards that are at a reachable height for wheelchair users
  • adapted bathrooms that are easy to access for older or disabled people
  • handrails to reduce the chance of falls

High quality, innovative housing of this kind will help people receive care and practical help in their own home, reducing the need for them to go into care homes or hospitals. Specially designed housing of this kind can give people the option to downsize from a larger home to a more manageable property designed for their needs.

More details HERE


Swift action following Francis report and epic changes to care laws.

People will be treated more compassionately in hospital, see their care better joined up and be reassured that they will not have to pay astronomical care costs if they need to go into a care home in their old age, thanks to measures set out in the Care Bill, published today in Parliament.

The Care Bill will help drive up quality of care following the findings of the Francis Inquiry into events at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. It will also include improvements to the care system following an extensive consultation with people and organisations right across the health and care system – from users of services to providers of care. The Bill will create a single modern law that replaces more than a dozen pieces of legislation dating back to the post-war period.

Through the Care Bill, the Government is introducing laws that will:

  • Help people get compassionate care in hospital, in a care home or in the community, by introducing Ofsted-style ratings for hospitals and care homes, making quality as important as finance and strengthening training for staff.
  • Join up care by enshrining in law that everyone should have a personal care plan, access to a personal budget and that carers, for the first time, will have a right to get support themselves if they are found to have eligible needs. There will also be a national minimum eligibility threshold across the country.
  • Reform the funding of care so no one will have to sell their home in their lifetime, or lose everything they’ve worked for, to pay for the costs of living in a care home. And a cap on care costs and financial support for more people will protect people from catastrophic costs and provide important peace of mind.

Details in full HERE


The new issue of AT Today magazine, produced by BHTA Engage, is now online to read through a simple page reader system or to download as a PDF file.

AT Today carries a wide range of news from all areas of the assistive technology marketplace. The publication is unique in terms of the variety of content that it carries. In the online version, there are website links to all adverts and many of the editorial items, making it easier for readers to gain further information about what is of interest to them.

In the new issue, stories include…

New technology for pressure care, Smart addition for hoists, Looking to streamline care, Health at Home service launches, Link between hearing and falling, Helping with touchscreen technology, Dementia App launches, Bionic eye approval, Portable stroke device 100% accurate, See a virtual stairlift, Next step in FES technology, First ‘Bionic’ Hand fitted, Preventing DVT, Robot reminder, Electrodes control arms, Rehab at home.

To take a look at the new issue and all previous issues too, go to


New online information profiles that will help people to choose, compare and comment on care homes and other care services is launched today.

New online information profiles that will help people to choose, compare and comment on care homes and other care services is being launched today by the Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb.

The new profiles, part of the NHS Choices website, will create the most definitive online source of information on care services, including:

  • essential information from every registered care provider, including detail on services provided
  • official reports from Care Quality Commission inspections
  • comments from the public on their experience of care and services, including links to existing comment sites
  • from next month the ability for the public to give services star ratings
  • Ofsted-style ratings for care services as they are developed.

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Department of Health’s whole systems demonstrator research calls into question degree of enthusiasm for the technology

Expectations of the benefits of telehealth technology may be scaled back after a study found it was “not effective” in improving the quality of life of people with long-term conditions.

The research, the latest findings to emerge from the Department of Health’s whole system demonstrator (WSD) evaluation of telehealth and telecare, the world’s biggest trial of the technology, calls into question the degree of official enthusiasm for its adoption.