The Council is asking people living with disabilities to get in touch to see if they are eligible for funding for home alterations and adaptations to help make life easier.

Councillor Clare Cleary, Cabinet Member for Housing, said; “We have more funding available now than ever before for Disabled Facilities Grants and we want to help as many people as possible. We know that changes in the home make a huge difference to the quality of life of people living with disabilities and we’d like to see as many people as possible enjoying the benefits that the home adaptations bring.”

The grants make a big difference, with people saying things like;

Level access showers have “taken the fear of falling away as there are no more steps up”. It is “so much better to shower and accessibility is fantastic”.  Door entry systems that provide “Complete independence in locking and opening the front door.  … If I am home I can feel secure that the door is locked and I am also able to open the door myself if I want to leave the house.”

Councillor Cleary, added; “Many people are put off by the financial assessment so we offer quick and informal preliminary financial assessments to give people who are thinking about applying a good idea about the likelihood of qualifying for a grant without having to disclose full details of their finances. We find that people who have been refused funding for other grants are pleasantly surprised that they do qualify for Disabled Facilities Grant assistance.  Some people do have to pay something towards the costs of the works but the rest can be grant funded.  So, it is worth finding out. Last year we helped 94 households with adaptations and alterations to their homes and we’re encouraging more people to get in touch to see if they are eligible too.”

If you’d like an informal chat to find out more, or to apply, call the team on 01254 388111 and they’ll be happy to help.