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Home Refurbishment Programme in the Barcelona province

Status: Ongoing


Province of Barcelona (except the city of Barcelona) Spain
Print this page City population: 554268017.5% over 60Practice started in 2009


The purpose of the Home Refurbishment Programme in the Barcelona province (except for the city of Barcelona itself) is to guarantee minimum levels of accessibility, safety, hygiene, habitability and energy efficiency by carrying out refurbishment work in the homes of the most vulnerable older people. The aim is to meet the challenge of an ageing population and increasing  dependency through a programme that enables people to live for longer in their own homes, thus improving their well-being by maintaining their own spaces and networks of relationships, while delaying the need for institutionalisation.

Through a network of local agents involved in the programme, non-structural work and home repairs (mainly bathroom and kitchen refurbishment) are carried out and technical aids (assisted devices) installed so beneficiaries can enjoy greater functional autonomy and quality of life at home. The programme also includes additional actions to improve home energy efficiency.

The programme is developed in collaboration with the local authorities in the Barcelona province area. Currently, 200 local councils participate in the programme (66% of all councils in the Barcelona area), which carry out 2,000 refurbishments a year. Municipal social services are responsible for identifying homes and people that meet the requirements to participate in the programme.

In this operational governance model, Barcelona County Council is the institution that promotes, coordinates, manages and finances the programme by contracting a company specialising in functional adaptation of homes, which is responsible for managing the intervention projects. The interventions are executed by building companies contracted by this institution.


Key facts

Main target group: Vulnerable older people (e.g. at risk or victims of abuse, living alone, poor etc.)

Other target group(s): Personal autonomy

Sector(s): Housing, Other

Other sector(s): Disability

Desired outcome for older people:
Meet their basic needs

Other issues the Age-friendly practice aims to address:
  • Accessibility
  • Ageing in place
  • Inequities
  • Participation

Contact details

Name: Muñoz ( Please, deliver with copy to: /, Josep

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Preferred language(s): Spanish, French and English

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