£200,000 boost to help disabled live at home

Elizabeth Bowden says grant has given her back her home
Elizabeth Bowden says grant has given her back her home

More help will be available for disabled people living in their own homes after a additional £200,000 of funding was announced.

Bedford Borough Council has secured the money to boost its Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG) which pays for modifications that make life more comfortable and safe, as well as enabling better freedom of movement in and around their homes.

Elizabeth Bowden is in receipt of the DFG, which she says given her full use of her home.

She said: “This grant has enabled me to get around my home, whereas before, I was only able to get around two rooms. It has opened up my house to me again.

“When I was able-bodied it was fine, but now I am confined to a wheelchair, I couldn’t even get through the door frames because they were not wide enough. Disabled Facilities Grant’s are marvellous, I can’t rate them highly enough.”

The borough’s Executive Member for Adult Services, Councillor Colleen Atkins, said: “Providing these adaptations can make such a difference to people’s lives. Therefore, we are delighted to have secured this additional £200,000 to help disabled people live independently for longer and reduce the need for them to move into residential care.”

Each year, the Council provides around 200 adaptations to eligible residents of the Borough, spending in excess of £1 million per annum on essential facilities and adaptations such as installing level access showers, stairlifts or ground floor accommodation.

The maximum grant available is £30,000 and all payments to are means tested, unless they are for children.

For more information got to www.bedford.gov.uk, and click on ‘housing’.