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Extra funding for Guildford home adaptations to be considered

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Extra funding for Guildford home adaptations to be considered

Published at 12:55pm 12th April 2019.

Guildford Borough Council is considering plans to offer more support to help vulnerable residents stay living safely and independently in their own homes.

The new funding will also support those residents to move to an alternative home that may better meet their needs, fix health hazards in the home and help those being discharged from hospital to return to a suitably adapted home more quickly.

The idea will be looked at during a meeting of the executive on 23 April.

Philip O'Dwyer, Director of Community Services explains:

"This new funding policy will enable us to offer more support to those who need it most - the elderly and vulnerable in our borough.

"We will be able to act more quickly to make much needed housing adaptions, such as hand rails, stairlifts and more, for those recently discharged from hospital or those who wish to remain in their own homes but need some extra help to make it easier for them to stay there."

In 2018/19 the council awarded £515,000 in grant funding for housing adaptations and this is estimated to increase to £707,000 in 2019/20.

The council consulted with people who use the service, Surrey County Council's Occupational Therapy team and other local partners to develop the new policy to best meet the needs of elderly and vulnerable residents.

The new policy would mean that:

  • Home adaptations that help prevent falls (rails, ramps, steps and stairlifts) will not be means-tested.
  • A new Prevention Grant will be introduced for minor repairs and adaptations that will help those recently discharged from hospital. This will also include works that can help prevent ill health and funding for emergencies, for example, emergency heating.
  • The maximum grant is being increased to £45,000.
  • Client contributions below £1,000 will be waived.

Find out more about the support available on the council's website.

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