Available to people who have a disability or medical condition and their home needs to be adapted in some way so that they can get around the home with as much ease, comfort and independence as possible. It is a mandatory grant of up to £30,000 awarded by Craven District Council following referral from North Yorkshire County Council's Health & Adult Services Team.
Most commonly the grant pays for stair lifts, level access showers and ramps - but also covers extensions to the home where there isn't enough space to facilitate the disabled person's needs. If you or someone you provide care for are struggling to get around the home and access your bedroom, bathroom, kitchen or living room, please contact NYCC on 01609 780780 to arrange an assessment of your needs.
The Disabled Facilities Grant is a means tested grant - unless the disabled person is in receipt of "passporting benefits" or the adaptation is for the benefit of a child. However, we are able to provide discretionary assistance to waiver the requirement for a means test where the works are for a stair lift and/or specialist toilet - where the total cost of works are less than £5,000. Also we may waiver the requirement for a means test where there is a clearly defined and supported need for the work to be carried out as an emergency e.g. in order to facilitate hospital discharge.
There may be other assistance we are able to offer (subject to availability of funding) on a discretionary basis where there is a clear health and well being benefit for the disabled person. Examples of where we are able to use discretion are to pay for relocation costs - as an alternative to adapting the current home.