A new Scottish Government pilot scheme aimed at helping older people to live independently at home for longer has been launched in Argyll and Bute.
The Help to Adapt scheme allows homeowners over the age of 60 to fund adaptations to their home, to ensure it meets their future needs, using equity in their property to secure a loan from the Scottish Government.
The scheme will provide advice and assistance to deliver adaptations which include the installation of handrails, ramps, stair lifts, and improvements to kitchens and bathrooms, to name a few.
The Scottish Government initiative will be delivered by Link Group and available across 12 local authority areas until 2017.
Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights Alex Neil said: “This scheme is the first of its kind in the UK and supports the Scottish Government’s commitment to helping older people live independently in their own home for as long as possible.
“It will help people to plan ahead and remain in control of their own future needs.”
Craig Sanderson, the chief executive of Link Group Ltd, said: “We are aware of the difficulties people face when they get older and that is why we are encouraging homeowners to make alterations to their property now, in order to stay safe and maintain their quality of life in their home.
“Help to Adapt provides a personalised service and aims to deliver peace of mind for homeowners. It removes the stress of having to organise works and provides assistance to manage the process every step of the way.
“It also offers an alternative option for older people who have limited savings, don’t qualify or don’t want to wait for statutory assistance.”
To find out more about Help to Adapt visit www.HelpToAdaptScotland.co.uk