If you have a disability, an accessible home can make all the difference to living an independent life.

It is good news then, that earlier this year it was announced that the Government are providing an extra £42 million to local housing authorities to pay for home adaptations that will enable an elderly or disabled person to continue living in their own home.

The extra money will go towards funding the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG), a means-tested grant of up to £30,000 in England and £36,000 in Wales, paid by local authorities to cover the cost of adapting a home to meet the needs of its disabled resident.

The type of home adaptions which can be funded include ramps and Lifton home lifts, widening doorways for wheelchair access, bathroom adaptations, home extensions to provide ground floor facilities and even accessible gardens.

Often fairly simple adaptations, such as installing a home lift, can make a big difference to quality of life, allowing easy access to all floors of the home, restoring confidence and preventing falls.

Six months should be the maximum waiting time for a decision and the work should be completed within 12 months according to the Independent Living website.

Research shows that receiving a Disabled Facilities Grant can delay the need for someone to go into a care home by an average of four years, and in many circumstances removes the need for a care home altogether, enabling a person to remain in their home without the need to move out at all.

To learn more about how to apply for Disabled Facilities Grant enabling you to install a Lifton Home Lift and make your home fully accessible, get in touch with us today or request a call back at a time that works for you. For more information call us for free on 0808 250 4739 or email info@lifton.co.uk