Newport Rapid Response Programme saves over £4.8m

A programme which has enabled over 4900 older people in Newport to remain living independently and safely in their own home has helped save the NHS and social service budgets in Wales over £100 million since it was set up in 2002.

The Rapid Response Adaptation Programme (RRAP) was introduced and funded by the Welsh Government to assist and speed up essential minor home repairs and adaptations.  Administered by Care & Repair Cymru via twenty two agencies across Wales, the programme has enabled the safe discharge from hospital or residential care or prevented hospital admission for over 104,000 older people.

Housing Minister Huw Lewis said, “The fact that this programme is now in its tenth year is something to be proud of, because of the benefit it brings to so many. Allowing older people to remain in their own homes in comfort and security not only enhances the health and emotional well-being of individuals, and relieves stress on the NHS, but by improving their homes, makes communities more cohesive and sustainable.”

Care & Repair Cymru estimated that for every £1 spent on home adaptations, £7.50 is saved to NHS and social service budgets – this equates to a saving of £4.8 million for Newport over the past 10 years

Phil Arnold, Care & Repair Manager, said:  “The RRAP Programme has been a real Welsh success and we are delighted that we’ve enabled so many people to remain living in their own homes, which is where they tell us they want to be. But there is more to be done.

“The Housing White Paper makes a commitment to looking again at how housing adaptations are delivered across all housing tenures in Wales. We believe Care & Repair can offer so much more in terms of helping older people navigate the complex system and undertaking small work quickly through the RRAP programme. Our challenge is to convince others that we can do more, and we won’t shy away from doing this.”

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