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Lightbulb 'to transform housing support'

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A service due to start next year will transform housing support in Leicestershire, says a new report.

The Lightbulb programme is a collaboration between the county council, district councils and other partners designed to help older and vulnerable people stay safe and well in their own home for as long as possible.

 

Lightbulb brings together, through one point of contact, a range of support such as aids and adaptations, energy advice, home safety and home maintenance to help people stay safe and independent. Before Lightbulb, housing services were too fragmented.

 

One of the key components of Lightbulb is a housing ‘MoT’ which identifies immediate concerns in the home. These can include ways to reduce the risk of falling, such as ramps or room alterations, and tackling problems such as poor heating and hoarding.

Identifying housing problems earlier, says the report, can prevent or reduce hospital admissions and a move into residential care.

Jane Toman, chief executive of Blaby District Council, which is spearheading the project, said: “Lightbulb is a really shining example of partners working together differently to redesign and transform services and deliver better outcomes for older and vulnerable people across the county.”

The Lightbulb project has benefited from a £1m transformation award from the Government which has provided partners with the opportunity to test new ways of working and develop

Lightbulb will be discussed by cabinet when it meets at 2pm on Wednesday, 23 November. It will be webcast at www.leicestershire.gov.uk/webcast and will also be available to view from the following day onwards.

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