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Dover helps to adapt homes for disabled with £30,000 grants

Contributed by editor on Feb 25, 2017 - 12:05 PM

Grants worth up to £30,000 are available for disabled adaptations to properties to help people, both young and old, to continue to live independent lives in their own homes in Dover District.
 

 


Disabled Facilities Grants are available from Dover District Council, and can make homes safer and allow people to live independent lives, by paying for changes like stairlifts, ramps, grab rails, walk-in showers and adjustable height baths.

 
Mrs Patricia Cook from Deal (pictured left) is someone who has benefited from the Council’s help to improve her property.

 

The Council provided a Disabled Facilities Grant for a stairlift and to replace the bathroom with a level access shower, as well as a Winter Warmth Grant for a new boiler and heating, and an urgent home loan to replace windows, provide a basic kitchen, and deal with some structural problems.


Mrs Cook’s daughter, Ms Tracy Wilton told the Council: “Thank you so much for all that you have done to make my Mum's life a lot easier. It has been life-changing for both Mum and myself.”


Cllr Pauline Beresford, DDC Cabinet Member for Housing said: “We are very pleased to be able to provide these grants to help people in their homes. If you need help for repairs, improvements or adaptations to your home, such as a level access shower, or need help with insulation or a heating system, please contact us, we may be able to help, and like for Mrs Cook, it could be life-changing.”

 
An assessment of needs has to be carried out by an Occupational Therapist before a Disabled Facilities Grant can be made. To apply, you must be either the owner of the home or the tenant. Grants are means-tested.


For more information, or to see if you might be eligible for help in your home, please call (01304) 872397 or email privatesectorhousing@dover.gov.uk  or see the Private Sector Housing pages.

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