Home adaptations can increase independence, help to prevent falls, reduce the length of a stay in hospital and delay care home admission.
Adaptations can range from large scale extensions to fitting a grab rail in someone’s home, the principle being to support independent living.
Home Improvement Agencies in England deliver around 50% of the total number of Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) adaptations. In 2014/15 HIAs project-managed 33,780 DFGs, from drawing up plans, getting estimates and liaising with others involved in the work (such as council grants officers and occupational therapists) through to completion.
DFGs are only part of the picture with many people arranging their own adaptations without help. Our aim is to reach out and assist this group through advice and information or project management for a fee when required.
Foundations works closely with other like-minded organisations, like the Home Adaptations Consortium, spreading the word about the importance of home adaptations. We are also represented on the national DFG Working Group advising government on DFG policy and practice.