Disabled Facilities Grant
To live independently, some people may require adaptations to their home.
Disabled Facilities Grants are available to help pay for alterations that assist with getting into or around the home such as ramps, stairlifts and level access showers.
The Disabled Facilities Grant is available for owner/occupiers, private tenants, Council tenants and housing association tenants.
An application for a grant involves:
- An assessment of your needs by an occupational therapist from Social Services
- A financial assessment of your income and savings to determine the amount of grant to be paid however, grants for disabled children under 19 and Council tenants are not subject to means testing
How do I apply?
You will need to contact Call Derbyshire on 01629 533190 and give them details regarding the disabled person. They will arrange for an occupational therapist or community care worker to visit your home and assess the needs of the disabled person, including recommending any adaptation works. In exceptional cases a decision will be made to prioritise the case as urgent.
Who organises the work?
We will act as your agent and can obtain all necessary permissions, prepare any drawings, obtain prices from contractors and order and supervise the works. You can appoint your own architects and contractors but we will only approve a grant based on reasonable costs of other similar works. You need to make sure any building regulations or planning permission needed have been granted before work starts.
Where the grant is for specialist equipment such as stairlifts and hoists, these are normally organised, ordered and supervised by Derbyshire County Council.
How is the grant paid?
We may pay the grant in instalments as the work progresses or make one payment once all the work is done. Your grant will only be fully paid when we are satisfied that the work has been satisfactorily completed in accordance with the grant approval and on receipt of an invoice, appropriate safety certificates, warranties and completion notices. The completed works must also fully meet the needs of the disabled person, as specified by the occupational therapist.