£42 million boost for home adaptations

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government is to allocate £42 million to enable more elderly and disabled residents to make adaptations to their homes so they can live independently.

Available for local authorities, the funding will be spent on changes such as: ramps and stair lifts to ensure people can access all parts of their homes safely; widening of doors to help those who are wheelchair bound to move freely around their home; level access showers and raised toilets so that people can continue to live independently and with dignity in their home; accessible gardens so they can continue to enjoy the simple pleasures of their garden; and home extensions which can include the construction of downstairs bedrooms and bathrooms to ensure that disabled or elderly people do not have to risk moving between floors.

Heather Wheeler, Housing and Homelessness Minister, said: “The government is committed to helping older and disabled people live independently and safely and this extra funding will ensure more people are getting the help they need. Even a small adaptation to a home can make a big difference and help ensure people can stay in their home and do not have to struggle with the stairs or in simply taking a bath or shower.”

The £42 million was originally announced as part of the Autumn Budget and will be additional funding for the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG).

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