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Help to Stay Independent at Home
If you’re finding difficult to live safely at home there are changes you can make to your property to make your life easier. These can help you stay independent for longer.
Changes to your home may include:
An Occupational Therapist (OT) can visit you at home to find out the difficulties you have with day-to-day living. They can advise on options to help. These may include adapting your home.
You may qualify for a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) to help with the cost. A DFG may be between £1,000 and £30,000.A grant may be given for the most economical scheme that meets your needs. Minimal decoration is included but not soft furnishings.
You can apply for a DFG if you live:
or you are:
You get a full grant for the eligible work if you, or your partner, are disabled and receive one of these benefits:
If you do not receive these benefits we assess your finances and you may have to pay towards the cost.
If a DFG does not cover the cost, Adult Social Care may contribute. This depends on a further assessment of your finances.
After the adaptation has been finished you are responsible for maintenance and repairs.
If you own the home and the works cost over £5,000, a local land charge is applied against the property for 10 years up to a maximum of £10,000. There is also a local land charge for equipment for 5 years. Tenants have a local land charge applied for equipment only for 5 years.
If the equipment is returned to us, we will not reinstate the property but the local land charge will be removed.
If you move within the time limits above, you may have to repay any amount listed on the remaining local land charges against the property.
Contact Care Direct and ask for an Occupational Therapist to visit you to assess your needs. If they recommend adapting your home, your application must be approved by the Council’s Grants Officer who can give you the forms to apply and help you complete the information. You may prefer to arrange your own quotations and make your own application. These must be to the Occupational Therapist’s specification,
The OT sends details of your needs to Housing Landlord Services. If these meet their criteria, they arrange the work.
You may be entitled to a Relocation Grant to move home if you qualify for a Disabled Facilities Grant and one of the following applies:
An OT and Grants Technical Officer must confirm the new home is suitable for adaptation.
A Relocation Grant covers some moving costs such as removals, solicitors and estate agents fees. We assess your finances to work out if you have to pay towards the cost.
To ask for an occupational therapy assessment:
Bournemouth Care Direct, Customer Services Centre
St Stephen’s Road, Bournemouth, BH2 6EB
Tel: 01202 454979
Fax: 01202 454975
To find out more about grants:
Tel: 01202 451334
Out of Hours:
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