Funding boost for home adaptations
Housing and homelessness minister, Heather Wheeler, announced yesterday that there would be an extra £42 million provided to local housing authorities to pay for home adaptations that will enable an elderly or disabled person to continue living independently. The extra money was initially announced in the Autumn Budget, and will go towards funding the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG). It is on top of the £431 million the government has already pledged to the DFG for the 2017 to 2018 financial year.
Often fairly low cost adaptations, such as installing grab rails, can make a big difference to quality of life, restoring confidence and preventing falls. Research suggests that receiving a Disabled Facilities Grant can delay the time at which someone needs to go into a care home by four years – a significant extension of independent living, and associated cost saving. Independent Living