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We are dedicated to helping you live independently in your own home. Each year we carry out adaptations up to the value of £1500 where these are recommended. Where an OT (Occupational Therapist) recommends work costing over £1,500 and no alternative funding is available, we can sometimes pay for work up to £3,000, with the approval of our director. If we normally provide a repair service to your home, we can help by installing aids and adaptations for you and members of your family who live with you. If you are a leaseholder or homeowner and we don't normally offer repairs, then we'll be happy to advise you on what is available but we won't do the installation work.
When work costs above our £1500 limit, for example level-access showers (where you are not due for a new bathroom), or curved stairlifts, or major adaptations to the property, then the work must be funded by a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG). A Disabled Facilities Grant can cover adaptations up to a value of £30,000. This grant is means tested, so you may have to contibute towards it. Unfortunately, we cannot assist with any contribution you may be asked to pay. Please contact your local social services department for more information about the grant but bear in mind that before you apply for a grant, you must first get an OT assessment and recommendation.
Aids and adaptations can improve the quality of your life if you are disabled or frail. While we will try and help with adaptations in as many cases as possible, some properties will not be suitable for adaptation. Below are types of adaptations that are available.
All works are carried out by a number of specialist external contractors. For example, some are general trades based, with experience of this type of work, others are specialists in stair-lift or door entry system installations.
Smaller adaptations can be recommended by your neighbourhood officer or scheme manager. If your housing officer doesn't know enough about your disability, your GP or specialist doctor can be asked to write a letter explaining why you need the adaptation.
For complex cases involving the redesign of your home, contact your social services department for an Occupational Therapy assessment. This assessment may look at and consider other issues that you may not have considered. As well as recommending adaptations, OTs can supply a wide variety of equipment to help with everyday life.
For more information about the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG), please contact your Social Services department. To find your Social Services department please visit. www.direct.gov.uk/en/index.htm