You may be eligible for Housing Benefit (see Benefits) or for a Disabled Facilities Grant. This is financial assistance for disabled people who need to adapt their home in order to carry on living there. This is means-tested and you may have to contribute towards the cost of the adaptations needed.
Disabled Facilities Grant is available for adaptations to a home (e.g. access ramps, ceiling-track hoists, house extensions, level access showers, polyflor showers, stairlifts, through-floor lifts), where an occupational therapist has assessed a disabled person as being in need.
Assistance is in the form of a means-tested grant of up to £30,000. The disabled person must intend to occupy the home for five years from the completion of the works.
For owner occupiers, the amount of grant over £5,000 (excluding fees) is repayable if the home is disposed of within ten years of the completion of the works, subject to a maximum repayment of £10,000. (The value of all grants may be subject to change)
Contact the Disabilities Resource Centre (Wigan Council Housing Benefit) for further details:
Disability Resource Centre
Tel: 01942 828644
(Include your full name, address, postcode and contact number in your email)
Occupational Therapists based at your local Disabilities Resource Centre can advise, (see above)
An organisation that helps older and disabled people find equipment solutions that enable them to lead independent lives general advice on topics such as features to look for when choosing items of equipment.
DLF – Opening hours 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday Tel: 0845 130 9177
Warm Front – Government grants up to £2700 to provide a warmer, safer and energy efficient home (grant value may be subject to change)
Grant is dependent on applicant being in receipt of certain benefits.
Helps to cover Central Heating, Replacement Gas Boiler, Gas Wall Heater, Loft Insulation, Cavity Wall Insulation, Draught Insulation.
Warm Front Team
Tel: 0800 0688 789
Small pieces of equipment, minor adaptations and wheelchairs etc can be purchased from high street chemists and mobility shops.