£2.094M allocated for rapid response programme

Care & Repair have welcomed the news that for the second successive year, the Rapid Response Adaptations Programme (RRAP), delivered by Care & Repair agencies across Wales, has been protected in full.

The funding of £2.094million will be used to provide small adaptations to allow older people to remain living independently and safely in their own homes for as long as possible.

Last year the programme was delivered to 13,165 older people at an average response time of less than 8 days. This prevented hospital admission in 69% of cases, and assisted hospital discharge in 31% of cases.

Chris Jones, Managing Director of Care & Repair Cymru, the umbrella body for Care & Repair agencies in Wales said: “We think this reflects the value RRAP delivers to Health and Social Care, saving £7.50 for every £1 spent because it prevents or reduces the need for expensive services like residential care, reduces the numbers of hospital admissions from falls and treatments like hip replacement surgery, and gets people out of hospital and back home quicker, making a significant contribution to reducing bed blocking.

Support for Funding

Rosemary Butler, AM for Newport West has applauded further funding for the Newport branch of Care and Repair.

£137,990 has been awarded for Care and Repair services in Newport from the Welsh Government, the money which will help older people to repair, improve and adapt their homes to enable them to continue living independently.

During 2010/11, Care & Repair agencies in Wales helped 27,568 people through their services, and facilitated more than £12,119,900 of repair; improvement and adaptation work in the homes of older people.

Rosemary Butler, AM for Newport West said: “I am delighted with the news of ongoing funding for Care & Repair in Newport. The services they offer are a valuable lifeline for supporting older people in constituency, providing them with the opportunity to live independently in their own homes. Care & Repair is an affordable way of caring for the community, and I will continue to support the excellent work they do in Newport West.”

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