DFG Grant Determination Letter 2017-18
Disabled Facilities Grants for home adaptations - A House of Commons Briefing Paper
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Home adaptations for disabled children
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The DFG - Before and after the introduction of the Better Care Fund
Foundations' latest report uses the findings from a series of projects on home adaptation services, plus analysis of the LOGASnet data (annual returns to central government) to show how the DFG has developed, and to raise issues relating to grant delivery systems, funding and resource allocation. It examines how services are being reorganised since the introduction of the Better Care Fund..
Foundations DFG research
An investigation by Foundations has revealed the impact that government support for home adaptations can have on supporting independent living and delaying a move into residential care.
It shows that those who have had adaptations and later move into care do so some four years later than those who have not had adaptations carried out via DFG.
The Disabled Facilities Grant – the main source of government financial support for adaptations – not only helps people to stay in their own homes for longer, it can also generate substantial financial savings. The average DFG costs less than £7,000 compared with a residential care place costing around £29,000 a year.
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Carers Strategy - Evidence submission by Foundations
In March 2016 the UK Government launched a call for evidence to support a new Strategy for Carers. This document is Foundations’ response to the call for evidence issued on behalf of the home improvement sector.
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DFG summit report
In December 2015, Foundations and the College of Occupational Therapists held a DFG summit that brought together Occupational Therapists, HIA managers, Grant Officers, Government officers and leading policy people to discuss good practice in the delivery of the DFG.
The follow-up report is a summary of the main points brought up on the day together with some apposite case studies showing what works well now.
The report calls for:
- The creation of co-located teams of HIA staff and occupational therapists to ensure better communication and create a seamless service for clients around DFG work
- Linking up IT systems within social care and housing so the impact of DFGs on a person’s care needs can be accurately measured
- An increase in maximum grant to take account of inflation – the current limit of £30,000 hasn’t changed for five years. Eligibility criteria should be standardised by either including housing costs or adopting the social care means test
- Using the NHS Number when recording information as recommended by the Better Care Fund. This will allow for a single reference for people at all stages of the process
- Use of a Trusted Assessor approach for simple cases to allow occupational therapists to employ their skills with more complex cases. This will allow simple adaptations to be fast-tracked through the system.
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Evidence of cost benefits
Better outcomes, lower costs: implications for health and social care budgets of investment in housing adaptations, improvement and equipment – a review of the evidence Heywood, FS & Turner, L, (2007) for Office for Disability Issues, Department of Work and Pensions