An additional£5m funding to support improvements in equipment and adaptation services was announced today.
'Equipment and adaptation services play a vital role in improving the quality of people's lives. They can enable people to live independently in their own homes as well as reducing the need for other care services.
'I am pleased to be able to announce this allocation of£5 million to be shared between local authorities across the country to improve these important services.
'Local authorities and their NHS partners will use this money to reduce the waiting times for equipment and adaptation services, to tackle unmet needs and to support improved joined-up working.
'It is vital that we have a more joined-up approach to the delivery of these services to ensure patients get the full benefit of them.
'For example, if the NHS supplies a patient with a wheelchair, then the local authority provides a ramp into their house. It seems simple, but in some areas, this basic coordination of services has previously been lacking.'
Distribution of Funding:
Argyll & Bute
Dumfries & Galloway
Edinburgh, City of
Perth & Kinross