The Government has allocated £50 million to local authorities to help older people and those with disabilities to live safely and independently in their own homes.
Cornwall's allocation is over £650,000.
Eligible people can apply to their local authority for funding from the Disabled Facilities Grant to adapt their home to better meet their needs. This will support 50,000 people a year and help people to be discharged from hospital more quickly – cutting waiting times.
The grants are available to homeowners, private renters and people in social housing, and funding comes on top of the annual £573 million already provided to local authorities for home-improvement services. Since 2010, there have been almost half a million home adaptions, backed by £4.8 billion in funding.
The £50 million is the first part of a £102 million investment to be made over two years, which will enable local authorities to provide additional services that are agile, make minor adaptations quickly, and support speedier hospital discharge. It was announced as part of the Next Steps to Put People at the Heart of Care plan.
Providing suitable adaptations to homes, such as wheelchair ramps, handrails, stairlifts or specialist equipment, will mean that when someone is medically fit to be discharged, they will have somewhere safe to be discharged to, freeing up hospital beds for those who need them. This will help to reduce waiting times – which will be particularly important as the health service approaches the winter months.
The Disabled Facilities Grant is one of a range of housing support measures that a local authority can use to help enable people to live independently and safely at home. We also provide guidance to local authorities to help them effectively and efficiently deliver home adaptations and best serve the needs of older and disabled people in their local communities.
- More details for local areas can be found on the Foundations website. Foundations is the government-funded national body for the Disabled Facilities Grant and Home Improvement Agencies. The website includes many case studies from local authorities who are using their Disabled Facilities Grant funding in innovative ways, with strong partnerships between local health, care, and housing partners.
- The Next Steps to Put People at the Heart of Care plan can be found here.
- Further information on how local authorities can effectively and efficiently deliver Disabled Facilities Grant-funded adaptations to best serve the needs of local older and disabled people is contained in the Disabled Facilities Grant guidance.