Are you eligible for a disabled facilities grant?
Published: 30 March 2021
People in Exeter who are struggling to use their homes safely and freely may be eligible to a Disabled Facilities Grant.
Those who are or could be registered disabled and are in need of adaptations to their home may be able to get assistance from the City Council.
Grants are available to help people adapt their homes so they are more convenient to live in. Disabled people who own a property, rent privately or live in social housing or those who have a disabled adult or child living with them can apply.
A grant of up to £30,000 could be used to:
- install a stair lift
- replace a bath with a level access shower
- widen doorways
- provide ramps
The grants are means-tested except when the works are for the benefit of a child or a young person who is under 19 years of age and in full time education. Also, applications for stair lifts are no longer means-tested therefore simplifying the process and making it more accessible.
These grants are available for local residents. As a first step, contact Care Direct at Devon County Council (DCC) on 0345 1551 007. They will take some basic information and then pass details on to an Occupational Therapist (OT) to visit and assess the requirements.
To find out more contact Mandy Wakley at Exeter City Council on 01392 265651 or visit www.exeter.gov.uk/facilities-grants/.