Improvements to major adaptations for disabled people
Older or disabled people who need major adaptations making to their home will benefit from a new system approved by the County Council this week.
Major adaptations, such as the installation of stair lifts, hoists or lifts help people with mobility issues to continue living at home. Occupational Therapists assess a person’s needs and, if they recommend any adaptations, they currently get at least two quotes for the work. The householders are then inconvenienced by two different company surveyors and an Occupational Therapist coming to measure up their home for feasibility.
Under the new system, which will be established by the County Council and District Councils, there will be one company countywide who will provide all adaptations made via the Disabled Facilities Grant. This will reduce the inconvenience for service users, as only one provider will need to visit their home.
It is estimated that there will be savings of over £67,500 a year which can be used to fund more equipment for others who need it.
Councillor Tony Harper, Chair of the County Council’s Adult Social Care and Health Committee, said: “We want to help people to stay living independently in their community for as long as possible. By working with District and Borough Councils to change the system, we will be able to make things easier for people who have adaptations and also use the savings to pay for equipment for more people.”
The Council will go out to tender for the provider and it is planned that the new contract will be in place by April 2020.