Elder scheme 'saves millions'

The Rapid Response Adaptation Programme was set up in 2002 to help older people live independently in their own homes. Those who run it say it has saved the NHS and social care millions of pounds so far.

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"It's made me feel far more independent"

A pensioner and her husband from Gwent who have benefited from a social care scheme say it has helped them keep their independence.

Dorren and William Williams from Blackwood received a handrail at the front of their property and one in their garden.

Prior to the rails being fitted Mr & Mrs Williams were finding it increasingly difficult to climb the steps to their house and use their garden.

The 'Rapid Response' scheme funded by the Welsh Government and administered by Care & Repair Cymru was set up 10 years-ago and has saved the NHS and care budgets more than 100 million pounds by upgrading homes to prevent older people from having accidents.

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