Meeting the needs of an ageing population is one of the key issues affecting both the housing sector and wider social care agenda in the UK at the present time. Increasing numbers of older people wish to remain in their home for as long as possible, and this means there is a growing need for support and adaptations in the home. Sight loss is one difficulty that many older people encounter, and the links between sight loss and other health difficulties, in particular falling in the home, are well-documented . The previous research that we carried out for the Pocklington Trust highlighted the lack of evidence on outcomes of lighting interventions for partially sighted people.
Pocklington are currently engaged with two other charities who are funding pilot schemes of lighting interventions in two or three separate locations. It is estimated that a total of 24 older people living in their own homes will benefit from these interventions.
The aim of the evaluation would be to analyse the impact of the interventions generally on quality of life and specifically on reduction of falls amongst recipients. The evaluation is longitudinal in nature and will follow the participants for a year from when they first receive the interventions to assess their impact on their quality of life.