The Division of Health Services in the Norwegian Institute of Public Health was commissioned by the Norwegian State Housing Bank to conduct a systematic mapping review of empirical research about support provided for housing adjustments to increase the possibility amongst the elderly and the physically disabled to continue living at home.
In April 2018, a research librarian searched in major databases for empirical research published from 2000-2018. We also undertook searches in reference lists and grey literature (i.e. non-formal, commercial channels). Two independent reviewers screened all retrieved records. We extracted data from the included studies, collated the data and performed descriptive analyses.
Five studies met our inclusion criteria: three mixed methods evaluations looking at existing Norwegian State Housing Bank grant programs and two qualitative studies from the United Kingdom.
The included studies shed light on the processes involved in applying for the grants. The evaluations of the Norwegian State Housing Bank’s existing grants found that the application process was experienced as difficult and complex. The two qualitative studies found similar challenges in the United Kingdom. The process was complex and communication between those applying and the local administration was often poor. In all studies the need for housing modifications was larger than the available grant funding.
There is a limited number of studies about support provided for housing adjustments to increase the possibility amongst the elderly and the physically disabled to continue living at home. The results in the available studies indicate that users need more information and guidance, than what is available today, throughout the application process.