1. What do people not like about home adaptations currently?
– Intrusive and ugly – need to make more attractive designs
– Make you stand out – have stigma attached
– This can impact on your safety, others know you are vulnerable
– People don’t want to plan ahead for what might happen
– Need to change culture
– Cost of more attractive equipment is too high – not enough choice
– 3D printers to design adaptations that match your home
– Can we adapt other items that are not specifically “assisted-living” related rather than pay the extra premium on those items labelled – if we do a design competition this could be around using non assisted-living home items and adapting them
– Need more information on non-assisted living items for the home that can replace more expensive options
– Need good design
– Stop thinking of adaptations for people with disabilities – they are for everyone
– Need cultural role models to remove stigma – including in soap operas, e.g. why can’t all the houses in coronation street have grab rails outside?
– People are more likely to make changes if see them in other peoples houses first, families could do that to encourage others
2. What are the challenges on accessing adaptations?
– Shops should stock adaptations but it shouldn’t even be recognised as an adaptation, just built in to everyday items
– Need good design for shops to make changes
– Design for all ages
– Get a new design first then bring that into shops
– Need only one shop on board to inspire others
– Kingfisher – is the umbrella body for B&Q, Screwfix etc.
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