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Extra £100,000 For Disabled York Residents

York council

10:17am 12th December 2012
(Updated 10:18am 12th December 2012)

City of York Council says it has been awarded £96,438 to help homeowners and private tenants remain independent in their own homes for longer.

They add that the funding augments the council’s Disabled Facilities Grant Fund which is used to help residents who have been assessed by an occupational therapist as requiring modifications to their home.

City of York Council says residents can apply for help by contacting City of York Council’s Customer Access and Assessment Team on 01904 555111, or by doing their own, online self assessment at:

http://www.york.gov.uk/health/Services_for_older_people/ or via:

https://www.equip-yourself york.org.uk/smartassist/york

City of York Council adds that once an occupational therapist has assessed the need, a referral is made to the council’s Housing Standards and Adaptations team who help over 175 residents each year to adapt their homes such as replacing a bath with a level access shower or providing a stairlift.

The Disabled Facilities Grant Fund is means tested, say the council but members of the team offer support while the adaptation is being carried out.

Councillor Tracey Simpson-Laing, City of York’s Cabinet Member for Health, Housing and Adult Social Care said: “We know that increasing numbers of people are choosing to live at home for as long as possible, but in today’s financial climate they are finding it even more difficult to afford adaptations to their home.

“It is important that we support those residents to live as independently as possible, to help them be aware of their housing choices, and that whilst this extra funding is welcomed there needs to be a realisation that it will be needed each and every year as the city’s older population grows.”

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