Help with adapting your home

Help with adapting your home

What are Disabled Facilities Grants?

If you or a member of your household is disabled, we may be able to offer you a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) if you need to adapt your home to help you continue living there.  The type of adaptations that can be funded include:

  • widening doors

  • installing ramps

  • providing or improving access to rooms and facilities, e.g. by fitting a stair-lift or putting in a downstairs bathroom.

We offer two types of grants.  Mandatory DFGs are paid to help towards the cost of adapting a home to enable a disabled person to continue living there. Discretionary DFGs can be offered to help disabled residents move to a more suitable home, if their present one cannot be adapted.

How do I apply?

The first step is to contact us and we can arrange for an occupational therapist to carry out a home assessment and to make a recommendation as to whether and what sort of adaptations should be carried out.

How much funding might I receive?

Mandatory DFGs are means-tested and to find out if you will need to contribute to the costs of the work, we will ask you to complete a grant enquiry form. The maximum grant available from us is £30,000 and this usually covers the cost of the most common types of adaptation, such as fitting a level-access shower or stair-lift.

For more expensive adaptations we may be able to help you explore opportunities for top up funding to help cover costs above the £30,000 maximum. We can discuss these options with you if the situation arises. DFGs will only pay for adaptations that we consider to be “necessary and appropriate" and “reasonable and practicable”.  If you decide to carry out further works or want the adaptations provided in a different way, you will be responsible for paying the difference in costs  between our recommended adaptations and the cost of your proposals.

Please note that we will not award a DFG for any works started or completed before we provide you with approval of your grant in writing.

We will pay up to £5,000 towards moving costs via a discretionary DFG, subject to funding being available and means-testing.

Do I have to repay a DFG?

You may have to repay a DFG if you own the property and it is sold within ten years of the work being completed and the DFG provided was more than £5,000.  We would not seek to recover more than £10,000.

Is there help available to manage the project?

Care and Repair Elmbridge (CARE) can help oversee the project from start to finish.  Whilst CARE can provide free advice and information, we do charge a fee to assist you with building works.  If the works are eligible for a council grant, then the fees can be included in the grant and would not cost you anything.

I don’t need help to pay for adaptations, but can you manage the project anyway?

Yes, CARE do this.  If you pay for work privately, CARE’s fees are 12.5% of the costs of the work.

What about minor adaptations, like fitting grab rails?

Our Handyperson Service can install minor adaptations, as well as carrying out odd jobs around the home.

Where can I find more information?

Contact the Private Sector Housing Team or Care and Repair Elmbridge.

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