Disabled Facilities Grant

Our Story

In 2014 we started our application for support from the DFG service. It was becoming apparent that Delilah wasn't going to be able to self transfer in the future, that she would of course become heavier and we would need to start thinking about longterm solutions for her future and ours. We decided along with support that it would be in our best interests for all to change our dining room into Delilahs bedroom, our outer house into a bathroom and make adaptions to doors etc in order to get ahead of the problems we may come across. 

This was one of those times that was ridiculously exciting but terrifying all at once. Our home was being adapted to ensure Delilah can move freely, she would have access to the gardens one day with minimal support as she could move room the home freely in her chair. At this same time this was also one of those moments that filled me with sadness, we were going to have to leave our very young daughter downstairs by herself. Who on earth would ever feel comfortable doing this? We sure weren't. It was exactly 5 days ago today since I began to feel comfortable and Delilah has only just turned 9 (reasons for this will be written in a different page).

The fact is, it was the right choice. We now can allow her to play on her floor with her toys just meters away from us, we can do small transfers when she doesn't want to be hoisted and it offers lots of help and convenience after surgery - something Delilah has had a lot of. We now have suitable cameras and systems in place to reassure us of her safety, our bodies aren't feeling the strain they could have been if we were carrying her up and down and she is genuinely happy downstairs. As a child she's just so pleased everything she wants is downstairs but everything that belongs to her siblings is upstairs... she finds this hilarious. 

Please remember all information given here is a guide, it is here as a starting block in the hopes you will feel empowered to start your own research and get ahead before reaching crisis point as many of us do. 

Overview

You could get a grant from your council if you’re disabled and need to make changes to your home, for example to:

  • widen doors and install ramps

  • improve access to rooms and facilities - eg stairlifts or a downstairs bathroom

  • provide a heating system suitable for your needs

  • adapt heating or lighting controls to make them easier to use
     

A Disabled Facilities Grant won’t affect any benefits you get.
An OT will talk to you to discuss what adaptions should be made to your home to benefit your child.

Eligibility

Grants for children under 18 years old do not need to have their parents income taken into consideration when applying to the DFG. 

You or someone living in your property must be disabled. Either you or the person you’re applying for must:

  • own the property or be a tenant

  • intend to live in the property during the grant period (which is currently 5 years)
     

You can also apply for a grant if you’re a landlord and have a disabled tenant.
 

The council needs to be happy that the work is:

  • necessary and appropriate to meet the disabled person’s needs

  • reasonable and can be done - depending on the age and condition of the property

    Planning and building regulations approval
     

  • You need to apply separately for any planning permission or building regulations approval.

  • The council may ask you to employ a qualified architect or surveyor to plan and oversee the work. If you get a grant, you can use it towards the cost of their fees.

How to Apply

Apply through your local council.

The council may send an occupational therapist round to see you. They’ll check your circumstances and see what changes you need.