Funding approved for Disabled Facilities Grants

Plymouth City Council has approved almost £2.5million to improve disabled people’s homes in the city.

Some residents will see their lives get that bit easier with adaptations such as stair lifts, level access showers, ramps, improved wheelchair access and accessible kitchens installed.

Last year we completed over 250 cases often requiring multiple pieces of work to give disabled and elderly people greater independence in their homes, keeping them and their carers safe.

Adaptations in one residents home, including a sensory room has led to their behaviour becoming more manageable and has allowed them to live more independently.

The caseworker described how: “with the right property and care team in place that someone with complex behaviours can make positive changes in their life.”

Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet Member for Housing and Cooperative Development said: “This work is so important – rather than having to look at providing new homes for disabled people it is much better if we can make improvements to people’s existing homes so that they can stay in their own familiar environment.

“The grants are to give independence and keep people living in their own homes, in safety and with dignity.”

The total figure of £2,479,859 has been agreed under an executive decision.

Disabled Facilities Grants are offered to those eligible up to a maximum of £30,000.  If you feel you could benefit from home adaptations please email the Community Connections Team at communityconnections@plymouth.gov.uk