Disabled Facilities Grant
The need for independent living has never been greater but with the economy under pressure help for disabled people is becoming increasingly difficult.
Moving around the home can be a genuine problem for those suffering with mobility issues and can result in poor quality of life. The space required to move from room to room can be significant for wheelchairs, walking frames and other mobility aid users.
Adapting your home is a way forward and may include external access ramps, doorways widened, stair lift installation, adaptions to the bathroom or shower room, changing the central heating system and adapting heating and lighting controls.
Adapt your home with grant funding
You may be entitled to a disabled facilities grant to pay for home adaption.
The current maximum awards are:
Northern Ireland £25,000
Scotland £depends on your local council
The above is dependent on income and if you have savings over £6000, you may be expected to contribute towards the cost of work to your property.
If a you are claiming for a disabled facilities grant because your child is under 18 your income and savings ARE NOT taken into consideration.
It is important to make sure that the council has agreed to the grant before you have any work commenced. You can ask your local approved home adaption company to give you a quote for the work but do not ask them to start as you may lose out and have to pay for the work yourself.
Payments from the council may be made as installments, as the work progresses, or as a lump sum payment.
The funds may be paid direct to the home adaption people or to you be the council will need invoices and will make sure they are happy with the standard of work.
It may be that you or a family member are able to carry out the work but the council issuing the grant will only pay for invoiced materials and services you have purchased and not for your labour charges.
The current eligibility criteria requires that you or someone living in your property are disabled and ether own the property or intend to live in the property for the grant period (five years).
A landlord may also apply for the grant if the tenant is disabled.
All adaptions must comply with current building regulations
Make a disabled facilities grant claim
You will need to know the following 3 things to progress your claim.
1) What changes your require to your home
2) The type of changes needed
3) The costs of work
An Occupational Therapist may be able to help you with this.
Take the first step
Apply for a disabled facilities grant by contacting your local council and asking for further information...
Find your local council here
Each council may have their own specific process and requirements, if you are not clear on anything ask them.
Decisions are usually made withing 6 months.
If you are not happy with a decision you can make an appeal with your council or contact the Ombudsman
Home Adaptations improve the quality of life
Do you provide help and support for people wanting home adaptations?
If you are starting to search for a builder to give you a quote for a home adaptation you can access information on the Trustmark website
Are you an occupational therapist?
Let us know and we will feature your services to help children and adults with mobility problems