Development of Adapt-ABLE smart system — an end-to-end system for speeding up disabled housing adaptation process

Oyegoke, Adekunle Sabitu and Ajayi, Saheed and Abbas, Muhammad Azeem and Ogunlana, Stephen (2022) Development of Adapt-ABLE smart system — an end-to-end system for speeding up disabled housing adaptation process. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation. (In Press)

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Purpose The problem of long delay and waiting time in Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG) housing adaptation has been ongoing for years. This study aimed at constructing an innovative smart solution to streamline the housing adaptation process to prevent lengthy delays for disabled and elderly people. Design/methodology/approach The Adapt-ABLE approach is suggested based on a constructive research approach, where extensive theoretical development of the Adapt-ABLE concept is developed. It consists of four integrated platforms that undergo theoretical and analogical development and validations through applicable theories, a workshop, four brainstorming sessions and a focus group. Findings The proposed Adapt-ABLE approach utilises process optimisation techniques through an IT system for streamlining the process. The merits of the semi-automated system include the development of a preventive measure that allows measurement of suitability index of homes for the occupants, indicative assessment that shorten the application duration, procurement and contracting platform that utilises principles based on framework agreement and call-off contract, and a platform that standardised performance management for continuous improvement. Originality/value The Adapt-ABLE solution will cut the application journey of non-qualified applicants and suggest where help can be sought. The qualified applicants' application journey will also be shortened through an online indicative assessment regime and early online resources (means) testing. Overall, the proposed system reduces the waiting time, and timely delivery improves the applicant's quality of life by living independently. It will potentially save the NHS billions of pounds used to replace hips and residential care costs due to lengthy delays in the housing adaptations process.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Housing adaptation, Disabled Facilities Grants, constructive research, independent living, ICT, United Kingdom
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Wales Institute for Science & Art (WISA) > Academic Discipline: Applied Computing
Depositing User: Muhammad Azeem Abbas
Date Deposited: 11 May 2022 15:08
Last Modified: 11 May 2022 15:08

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