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Adaptations and use of telecare enable older people to remain at home for as long as possible. Data shows that pensioner households requiring adaptations are projected to rise by 62 per cent to nearly 110,000 by 2033, from nearly 70,000 in 2008.
Age Scotland research showed the cost of a care home place in West Lothian is £21,840 per annum. A Housing with Care tenancy cost £16,400 – including a technology package, personal care and housing support; and support in the community, including a technology package and ten hours of care, cost £7,1215.
Whilst adaptations represent significant value for money savings in the long-term, it is appropriate for those who have sufficient assets to contribute towards the cost of their adaptations.
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