The great majority of people, including those with severe disabilities and long term conditions, already live in ordinary housing – not in hospitals or care homes – and this is where they want to stay.

A good quality home is at the heart of independent living. For those who need care and support to be able to live their lives to the full, a home which provides them with the right type of house, in the right location at the right time is a key requirement.


Queen's Cross Housing Association


Linstone Housing Association


Dr Peter Cawston GP

Home not Hospital

LinkLiving - Torryburn



Tackling Housing Related Delayed Discharges – Learning from Aberdeen’s experience


Service Description

This programme aims to make key improvements to strategic planning of housing and related services to provide people with a home environment that supports greater independence and improved health and well-being. This work includes:

  • the testing of new approaches to providing adaptation services through the Adapting for Change programme
  • improvements in community equipment services provision
  • identifying and testing ways in which the housing sector can reduce the pressures on hospital services by offering new or improved services
  • identifying sustainable, cost effective housing solutions for people with complex needs
  • improving pathways and housing options for people with dementia
  • developing collaboration between the housing sector and GPs
  • building the capacity of housing organisations to use their role as community anchors to support improved health and well being providing responsive improvement support for partners on housing-related issues, and
  • gathering and sharing learning through networks, events, tools and reports.


Currently working on particular aspects of the programme with Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, City of Edinburgh, Clackmannanshire and Stirling, Dundee, East Lothian, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow City, Highland, Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire, Perth & Kinross, Scottish Borders, West Dunbartonshire and Western Isles. Learning is available through open events, the Improvement Hub and housing sector
websites, or by contacting the team.


The Housing Sector, Health and Social Care Partnerships and the NHS and those who work across sectors and have a role to play in improving people’s home environment to support health and well-being.

Benefits of programme

People can live in a home that is fit for purpose and that those that need it are supported to live in a home that provides independence and improved health and wellbeing.


Amanda Britain