Monthly Archives: July 2013

Home improvement for those with poor health saves hospitals money

Housing modifications can save millions for the NHS, but the housing sector needs to be involved in the decision making


Adapting the homes of wheelchair users saved a London borough £30,000 per client.


Countless reports have called for greater collaborative working between the housing sector and health care providers, specifically with the view of creating lasting homes where care and support can be given to help those with poor health, as well as those recovering from long-term illnesses.

Looking at the connection between health and housing is a logical starting point, but how does it work in practice?

Death rates show ‘mystery rise’

There has been an unexplained rise in the number of people dying in England and Wales, according to a report.

The document, seen by the Times newspaper and the Health Service Journal, reported 600 more people died each week last year than the average.

Gransnet created to help old people in Bolton understand modern technology

Helping older people


SOCIAL NETWORK Pam Hayhurst who is editor of Gransnet SOCIAL NETWORK Pam Hayhurst who is editor of Gransnet

FOR most young people, browsing on laptops and smartphones is second nature.

Although for older generations, the world of technology can seem alien, confusing and completely overwhleming.

But now more and more silver surfers in Bolton are logging on thanks to a new online forum and networking site — as well as IT support groups to help pensioners get to grips with technology.
Pam Hayhurst is editor of Gransnet Bolton — a local edition of a social networking site aimed at grandparents and anyone aged 50 and above.