Disabled facilities grants for stair lifts – including details of how and where to apply
The relevant grant for a stair lift is called the Disabled Facilities Grant. The scheme operates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. A separate scheme operates in Scotland which is outlined below. The grant is awarded by councils – a comprehensive application list by council is provided in this document.
In practice there are generally two main hurdles to obtain a grant. The first is a visit from an occupational therapist to confirm a lift is required. The second is means testing, which applies unless the lift is for a child. In essence, using the criteria detailed further below, the council will determine whether the applicant can fund a stair lift themselves or not. Grants can take up to six months to be approved.
These are funds allocated by councils for disabled people to change their homes including the installation of stair lifts. The grants do not affect benefits.
The council needs to be sure the work is necessary, reasonable and can be done. The council will usually send an Occupational Therapist to visit to determine this. There are other criteria:
The grant is means tested with the exception of grants to under 18’s. The means test is based on household income and household savings over £6,000. This table is a useful tool with respect to the household income element of the test: http://www.nihe.gov.uk/grants_ready_reckoner.pdf
Note that stair lifts are generally much cheaper than this maximum which is set in respect of more expensive building work. A grant may be rejected if work is started before the council has approved it.
Contact your local council. A list of application details by council is shown at the end of this document. The appropriate council departments are normally housing or environmental Health. The council will then usually put in place the visit from the Occupational Therapist and, if the Therapist deems the work necessary, means testing.
The council will routinely require two written estimates from suppliers. Some councils maintain lists of suppliers. You may wait up to six months for a decision. You may appeal if the application is not successful.
If you are not satisfied with the application procedure provided by your local council you may register your complaint with the local authority’s monitoring officer. Alternatively you may wish to contact the Local Government Ombudsman for applicants in England – their telephone number is 0845 602 1983.
Help with your application can be obtained from your local home improvement agency (HIA). Your local HIA can be found by visiting the following links:
In Scotland, under The Housing (Scotland) Act 2006, local authorities are allowed to provide grants, loans, subsidised loans, practical assistance and information or advice to home owners for repairs, improvements, adaptations and the acquisition or sale of a house.
The grant will be 100% of approved costs if the you or a member of your household gets income support, income-based jobseeker’s allowance, the guarantee credit of pension credit or income-related employment and support allowance. In other cases the grant will be 80%.
If you’re unable to obtain a Disabled Facilities Grant from your local authority, it is worth exploring other funding options such as charitable grants, equity release or property repair loans.
Margaretsfund.org offers financial aid to women in ill health and in need. Grants must be applied for by a Caring Professional, not individuals.
Ssafa.org.uk The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association has funds available to support existing and former members of the armed forces.
Disabled Facilities Grants are mandatory for certain essential adaptations to give better freedom of movement into and around the home and to have access to essential facilities. The disabled facilities grant is means tested for adults. However, adaptations for children are not.
If you have a disability or if you have a disabled child, it may help to have an adaptation to your home. If you need a major adaptation to your home you may be able to get a Disabled Facilities Grant (sometimes just called a DFG) to help meet the cost.
Making changes to the properties of people with disabilities, that are needed to improve their quality of life and enable them to continue living at home.
Basildon Building Consultancy is an agency offered by the Building Control Service to help guide people seeking grants to adapt their properties for disabled use.
Disabled Facilities Grants may be available to disabled people who need essential adaptation work carried out to give them greater freedom of movement in and around their home. The maximum grant available is £30,000 subject to a means test.
Anyone who is registered or eligible for registration as a disabled person can apply for a grant, whether you own your own property or are a tenant of a housing association or a private landlord.
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A Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) is used to adapt a property to enable a disabled person to live more independently in their own home.
A Disabled Facilities Grant helps towards the cost of adapting your home to help you to be more independent or your carer manage more easily. This may be getting about your home, doing everyday tasks such as bathing, going up and down stairs, or getting in and out of the house.
If you are disabled you may need home improvements to make it easier for you to move about and use your home, and stay independent.
As you get older so does your home! To protect your own health and comfort you need to maintain your home in a reasonable condition, with adequate heating and hot water systems and make adaptations to meet your changing physical needs.
Disabled facilities grants assist in enabling those with a disability to live independently in their own home. The grant is to a maximum of £30,000.
Disabled Facilities Grants. A Disabled Facilities Grant is given to help towards the cost of adapting your home to enable you to continue to live there. A grant is paid when we consider that changes are necessary to meet your needs, and that the work is reasonable and practical.
Disabled Facilities Grants are available to carry out adaptation works that will help a disabled person remain living independently in their own home.
A grant can be used for adaptations to give you better freedom of movement into and around your home and/or to provide essential facilities within it. Examples of the work that can be covered by this assistance:
Disabled Facilities Grants are available to modify a dwelling to restore independent living or to make it possible or easier for a carer to look after another person.
A Disabled Facilities Grants can pay for changes to be made to a disabled person’s home to make life easier for them. These changes can include
The purpose of the grant is to ensure that disabled people can properly access and use the facilities in their homes.DFGs are typically used to provide:
Cheshire East Council
If you or someone living in your property is disabled, you may qualify for a Disabled Facilities Grant towards the cost of adapting your home. Disabled Facilities Grants (DFGs) are provided in accordance with the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (as amended).
Disabled Facilities Grants help people with certain disabilities to adapt their homes in order to enable them to continue to live safely and comfortably.
Disabled Facilities Grants are available to give disabled persons better access into and around their home, and access to essential facilities within it.
If a disability is making life difficult for you, or someone living in your house, then you may be entitled to help in the form of a grant or an interest-free loan. Home owner ,tenants, occupiers of house boats and park homes, and landlords can apply for this mandatory grant towards the cost of adapting a home
If you are disabled you may find moving around your own home and undertaking day to day activities difficult. In most cases some alterations to your home will help you to access all of your rooms and move around your property more freely
Disabled Facilities Grants (DFGs) are mandatory for certain works and are available to any person, who is registered or registerable, as disabled, under the Chronically Sick and Disabled Act 1970 and who requires adaptations or alterations to be provided.
These grants are available for the adaptation of a dwelling to enable it to be occupied by a registered disabled resident or qualifying member of their family
Disabled facilities grants are awarded for essential adaptations that improve disabled persons’ freedom of movement around their homes. This work includes:
If you have difficulties in accessing your home or using its facilities, a Disabled Facilities Grant can help you meet the costs of adapting your home so it meets your needs
If you or a person living with you is disabled, you may qualify for a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) to adapt your property to enable the disabled person to live as independently as possible.
If you believe you may need an adaptation in your home you will need to contact Call Derbyshire on 08456 058 058 to arrange an assessment of your needs. You can view the process the assessment will take on the How would I benefit page on this website.
Stairlifts, vertical lifts and step or platform lifts are usually installed following an assessment by an Occupational Therapist and an application for a Disabled Facilities Grant. Most lifts come with a one, two or five year warranty. Following this period of warranty, the lifts are provided with free on-going maintenance and repair through our Direct Services department.
Applicants for disabled facilities grants should be referred by the council’s occupational therapy service or Ealing’s NHS partners.
East Ayrshire Council
We have a mandatory duty under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 to provide a minimum of 80% grant funding for disabled adaptation work.
East Hampshire Council
Grants are available to help the elderly, disabled and those on low incomes make adaptations or repairs to their homes.
Disabled facilities grants help people who are, or could be, registered as disabled and who would otherwise be unable to live independently.
Most people want to stay in their own home for as long as possible. If you are a disabled person there may be physical barriers that make it difficult for you to carry out ordinary day to day activities in your home.
Disable residents in Eden are eligible for grants if they requires aids/adaptations to their property. It is also available for elderly persons who are struggling with mobility. The grant will help maintain independence in your home for as long as possible.
If you are having problems getting up and down stairs, getting in and out of your home, accessing your bath or shower and generally moving around we may be able to help you by adapting your home environment.
Your practitioner will be able to advise you what other money you may be entitled to and this can be added to your Personal Budget so that you can develop your support plan. This final amount is called an Individual Budget.
A mandatory Disabled Facilities Grant of up to £30,000 is available to provide suitable adaptations for owner-occupiers and tenants to enable them to stay in their homes and improve living conditions. The grant is means tested unless for a disabled child.
The Borough Council’s programme for the promotion of home repair and adaptation is set out in our Housing Renewal Policy. A full copy (43 pages) of the current version can be downloaded by clicking here.
Although a stairlift is a major piece of equipment, it will not always require structural adaptations to your property.
You can apply for a grant, if you or a member of your family who lives with you are disabled, a resident of Hounslow, and either an owner-occupier or a private tenant.
Hull City Council
If you or someone that you live with has a disability, you may be eligible to receive financial assistance to pay for adaptations to your home. To qualify, the person for whom the adaptations are being considered must –
If you have a disability and need facilities or adaptations to your home, you may be eligible for a disabled facilities grant.
Adaptations for your current home. This is for adults and/or children who require essential adaptations to make it easier to manage in their home and keep their independence.
Disabled Facilities Grants provide financial help for people who are registered disabled (or if not yet registered, registerable) and need an adaptation to their home
If you, or a person living with you, is disabled you may qualify for a mandatory Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) to adapt your property to enable the disabled person to live as independently as possible.
Disabled facilities grants are available for a range of works to enable disabled people to live independently in their own home.
ACCESS Liverpool, a partnership between the council and registered social landlords in Liverpool, provide properties that have been specifically designed or built for disabled people.
Your first step is to contact the Adult Social Care Referral Management Team on 01582 54 76 60. For a disabled child under the age of 18, you should contact the Children’s Initial Assessment Team on 01582 54 76 53 and request an assessment by an Occupational Therapist.
These grants are for someone who has a disability and needs their home adapting to enable them to continue living there. For example a stair lift, walk in shower or ramped access.
Type of works covered: Stair lifts, graded floor showers (wet room), ramps, hard standings, door entry systems.
Disabled facilities grants (DFGs) can be requested to help meet the cost of providing facilities and adaptations enabling people with disabilities to access their home and the facilities within it. DFGs are available to private tenants and people who own their own home.
Mid Suffolk Council
A Disabled Facilities Grant is used to provide for the special needs of disabled people – installing stair lifts, level access showers and other alterations to help those with disabilities enjoy easier access and mobility around their homes.
Adaptations are structural changes to your property to make it easier for you to move about and use your home, and stay independent. An adaptation could be something like replacing steps with a ramp or fitting a stair lift.
If you or someone living in your property is disabled you may qualify for a disabled facilities grant to help towards the cost of adapting your home so that the disabled person can live more independently.
Disabled facilities grants (DFG) are available for a range of work that will help a disabled person live independently in their own homes.
It helps towards the cost of adapting your home to enable you to continue to live there. A grant is paid when the council considers that changes are necessary to meet your needs, and that the work is reasonable and practical.
In 2007 the former districts in the county commissioned the Building Research Establishment (BRE) to produce a series of estimates of local private sector housing conditions using their Housing Stock Models, which was updated in 2009
A Disabled Facilities Grant helps towards the cost of adapting your home to enable you to continue to live there. A grant is paid when the council considers that changes are necessary to meet your needs, and that the work is reasonable and practical.
If you are having difficulties managing within your home, you may think about whether it is possible to make changes to your property.
The maximum grant available will be £3000, which is available to help carry out minor adaptation work, particularly if this will help the person to stay living in their own property. – See more at: http://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/content.asp?nav=646,1108,1148,1155,1157#sthash.bqi5qW33.dpuf
Pendle Borough Council
Available to disabled residents to assist with the provision of adaptations, in order to ensure that they have greater access to, and use of their homes.
We have a range of financial help to cover the cost of adapting your home for your needs. All except the Disabled Facilities Grant are discretionary and subject to available finance.
If you have (or someone living with you has) a substantial disability and are unable to use essential facilities (bathroom, kitchen etc) in your home there are a number of things you can do. One of your options may be to adapt your home to make it possible for you to get around
If you or someone living in your property is disabled you may qualify for a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) towards the cost of providing adaptations and facilities to enable the disabled person to manage as independently as possible.
The Disabled Facilities Grant is available for a range of work that will help a disabled person remain in their home.
Sheffield Disabled Facilities Grants. Disabled Facilities Grant for home owners and private tenants.
A Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) can be provided to adapt the home of a disabled person to enable them to be as independent as possible. An assessment is undertaken by an Occupational Therapist from KCC Social Services to determine the person’s needs to achieve this independence.
Solihull Independent Living is a not-for-profit organisation that offers people who are older, disabled or on a low income an affordable way to repair, improve or adapt their homes. The organisation provides Disabled Facilities Grants and other services on behalf of Solihull Council.
When you contact us we will ask you for information about you and your needs. We may be able to give you advice and information on the phone. Sometimes, someone from the Occupational Therapy Team may need to come and see you to make sure we give you the best advice. This is called an assessment.
South Buckinghamshire Council
Mandatory Disabled Facilities Grant is available for providing adaptations and facilities to enable a disabled person to remain in their own home.
South Somerset Council
You will qualify for grant aid if you are either registered or registerable as disabled. If you think you may be, then you should call Social Services on 0845 345 9133 to arrange an assessment by an Occupational Therapist.
South Staffordshire Council
Grant applications are looked after on behalf of the Council by Metropolitan Improvement Agency and assistance is available towards disabled adaptations to most types of living accommodation, including mobile homes and houseboats.
South Tyneside Council
If you or a member of your household is disabled they may qualify for a Disabled Facilities Grant towards the cost of providing facilities or adaptations to enable the disabled person to continue to live in their own homes.
Disabled Facilities Grant is available to help people living in the private sector with the cost of adapting their homes to enable them to continue living there.
In partnership with Papworth Trust Home Solutions, the Private Sector Housing Team assists the Adult & Community Services Department in funding major adaptations to owner-occupied and privately rented properties to meet some of the special needs of disabled residents.
We work closely with the Surrey County Council, Social Services Department, who also have responsibilities to meet the special needs of chronically sick and disabled people. In most cases an occupational therapist will assess the needs of the client and confirm that the works are “necessary and appropriate”.
The person who applies for the grant does not have to be the disabled person who needs the adaptations, but whoever applies for the grant must produce a certificate of ownership or tenancy.
DFGs are given for adaptations which help people access the main living areas of their home, and for adaptations which improve comfort, safety and independence.
A Disabled Facilities Grant is a grant from your local Council to help towards the cost of adapting your home to enable you to continue to live there
Suffolk Coastal Council
Disabled facilities grants are available for adapting dwellings to meet the needs of people with disabilities to enable them to live more independently in their own homes.
Surrey Heath Council
If you or someone living in your home is disabled you may qualify for grant assistance towards the cost of providing the adaptations or improvements needed to enable you or the disabled person to continue living there. – See more at: http://www.surreyheath.gov.uk/community/grantschemes/Disabledfacilities.htm#sthash.xF8euiBd.dpuf
Disabled Facilities Grant is a grant to help towards the cost of adapting your home to enable you to continue to live there. A grant is paid when the council considers that changes are necessary to meet your needs, and that the work is reasonable and practical.
Kent Local Authority officers who administer disabled facilities grants, have agreed that under section 23 (1) of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996, the following adaptation works can generally be considered for mandatory grant, but only where the Local Authority consider them to be “necessary and appropriate” for the needs of the disabled person and it is reasonable and practicable to carry out the work in the disabled person’s home.
Disabled Facilities Grants are available to fund adaptations to your home following assessment by an Occupational Therapist. We would advise that you obtain your assessment from Surrey County Council This link will open in a new window (This link will open in a new window). Works typically include installing stair-lifts, bathroom adaptations, ramps and grab rails in the home.
The Family Services Adaptations Assessment Team aims to provide assistance to disabled people to enable them to:
The Disabled Facilities Grant scheme provides financial assistance towards the cost of adaptation work needed to make a home fit for a disabled person.
Disabled facilities grants are available to adapt homes to enable disabled occupants to get into and around their property safely, to allow them access to suitable toilet and bathing facilities and to provide access to living and sleeping accommodation.
If you or someone in your home is disabled you may qualify for help of up to £30,000 towards the cost of providing adaptations and facilities, so that you or the disabled person can continue to live in your home.
If you or a person living with you is disabled, you may qualify for a Mandatory Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) to adapt your property to enable the disabled person to live as independently as possible.
Helping with the provision of facilities such as stairlifts, over bath showers, level access showers, ground floor access facilities and wheelchair adaptations.
West Devon Council
If you are disabled, we want to help you to live safely in your home. If you need to adapt your home to do this, you may be able to apply for grant aid. Remember, these grants are means tested.
If you or someone living in your property is disabled you may qualify for a disabled facilities grant towards the cost of providing adaptations to enable the disabled person to continue to live there.
The DFG is available to home owners, private tenants and housing association tenants, this grant will help provide adaptations in your home to enable disabled people to stay independently in their own homes.
If you or someone living in your property is permanently disabled you may qualify for a disabled facilities grant towards the cost of providing adaptations and facilities to enable the disabled person to continue to live there. Such grants are given by the Council under Part I of the Housing Grants
A Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) is a grant to help people living in the private sector with the cost of adapting their homes to enable them to continue living there. This is a mandatory grant for works that have been recommended as essential and necessary by an Occupational Therapist.
A grant can be used for adaptations to give you better freedom of movement into and around your home and/or to provide essential facilities within it.
Grants are available to help make disabled people’s homes suitable for them to live in and to help them manage more independently.