Funding for Stairlifts in the UK

What is it like to grow old in a city? That depends on your health, wealth, friends and family but it also depends on the physical infrastructure available. Being able to move about freely throughout the city is important for everyone. But another area is also receiving renewed attention, that of moving about in one’s own home. Stairlifts can be fitted into any type of home and even a small house in the city.

If you or your loved one falls victim to a disability then it may become necessary to make some changes in your home. One major thing to consider is the installation of a stairlift to allow easy movement.

Being a UK resident you can claim Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) from your local council if you don’t have sufficient money. If you have savings of more than £6,000 then your chances of grant approval will be quite slim. If, however, you are applying for a family member who is below 19 years of age, then such saving does not matter.

Three groups are eligible for the DFG, those being you, your family member or your tenant.

There are two types of amounts that are awarded; £5,000 for a minimum period of 5 years which you have to pay back if you leave your home before time or £10,000 for the minimum period of 10 years.

The prerequisite for a grant approval is for your local Council to visit your home and they will advise you in writing if they agree your home really needs to be renovated or modified.

Then, to get a grant for a stairlift, you need to contact your local council who will then refer you to either the environment health council or housing department. You will then be provided with an application form. Naturally if you fail to complete the form your request will not be considered. You must do this before starting any work. The DFG application form is designed to get your personal and basic information plus you will be asked to describe “Why” you need a stairlift.

In the form you will be asked to provide your finance details, savings, and details of the house modification and the expected cost along with quotations from two contractors.

Once you have completed your form, you can submit it to the local council office who will send an environmental health officer to your home to assess whether you really need the grant and how feasible it will be to modify your house.

You may be interested when you no longer need the stairlift and if that day comes some companies may be interested in purchasing it with a view to recycling it and may be prepared to pay a small fee for the unit.

Article provided by Stairlift Guru UK