Wet room with anti slip floor

Extra Funding For Home Adaptations Greenlit

The government has earmarked an extra £68m in additional funding to enable people with disabilities to adapt their homes throughout England.

The Disabled Facilities Grant funding was announced on the International Day of People with Disabilities (3rd December 2020) and will be part of the Better Care Fund, it was announced by Kelly Tolhurst, Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing.

The total amount of money paid to councils in 2020 to help with adaptations totals £573m, to help people live independently, comfortably and safely in their own homes.

Overall, the Disabled Facilities Grant has funded over 280,000 home adaptations since 2012

The Better Care Fund, worth £4bn, is a central fund that is distributed to local councils, who will allocate the funding according to rigorous standards to deliver care and support provisions for people who live in their local area.

Local government and health partners work together using this fund money to plan and pool budgets together to ensure a higher standard of care, irrespective of the person’s needs

 

What Adaptations Qualify For The Disabled Facilities Grant?

The grant can go towards a wide range of adaptations depending on each person’s individual needs, providing they can be shown to help avoid care home and hospital admission, as well as help people, get discharged from hospital into a safe environment sooner.

These can include mobility assistance technologies such as stairlifts, as well as ramps, grab rails and winches, ensure everyone can access every part of their home.

Which adaptations are right for individuals depends on their living environment as well as their needs, with certain staircases being too narrow to allow for certain types of a stairlift to be feasible.

As well as this, a range of mobility baths and adaptations to bathrooms are available, depending on the existing bathroom size.

These include walk-in baths, which feature a sealed leak proof door that is less difficult to get in, and also allows for easily adjustable water settings using thermostatic valves and whirlpool settings, which are useful for massaging away aches and pains.

As well as this, there are walk-in showers and wet rooms, which follow a similar principle of ensuring a comfortable bathing and washing experience that reduces the risk of slips and trips.

The difference is scale, with a wet room considering of an entire room-sized shower, personalised to an individual’s needs, whilst a walk-in shower is a partitioned section of a larger bathroom, which is beneficial for bathrooms with unique room shapes.

As well as these, there are power baths, which are ideal for assisted living environments. They feature a chair that raises and lowers, which can either be operated by the individual or their carer, depending on the care arrangements.

Care packages are about meeting the needs of people, but these extend further than assisting with mobility, but include helping to enable independence, but keeping comfortable, happy and safe whilst doing so.

It can also be pre-emptive adaptations to factor in future potential needs, as individual needs change throughout their lives.

 

If you’re working from home and need to update your mobility bathroom for extra accessibility, then visit our site today, or if you are interested in finding out more information call us on 01491 411041 or visit our website.

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