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Adaptations for Stockport Homes tenants

We provide a wide range of adaptations to properties for our customers.

  • Equipment

    Examples of equipment include a:

    • bath board, bath seat or shower chair to help with bathing;
    • raised seat, toilet frame or commode to help access the toilet; and
    • perched stool to help with food preparation.

    If you think that you or someone you care for may benefit you may contact:

    Adults (Over 18 years)

    You can also find out more about the services offered to disabled adults by the Council at the My Care My Choice website. 

    Children and Young people

    • 0161 426 5200 / 5201 / 5202 (Children's Equipment and Adaptations Service)
    • Email cypdisp@nhs.net

    You can also find out more about the services offered to disabled children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities by the Council at the Local Offer website.

     

  • Adaptations

    If equipment will not meet your needs, you may benefit from an adaptation.

    What is an adaptation?

    An adaptation is a physical alteration to your home to allow you to live as independently as possible. These can be either minor or major adaptations.

    Minor adaptations include:

    • grab rails; and
    • a half step.

    Major adaptations include:

    • a level access / walk-in shower;
    • a stair lift;
    • an outside ramp;
    • a through floor lift;
    • widening doorways; and
    • a ceiling track hoist.

    To determine if you would benefit from an adaptation, an Occupational Therapist or Equipment and Adaptations Officer will look at whether adaptations to your property will help you.

    Due to our limited housing stock, rehousing may be discussed with you as an alternative to adapting your home.

    If you think that you or someone you care for may benefit you may contact:

    Adults (Over 18 years)

    You can also find out more about the services offered to disabled adults by the Council at the My Care My Choice website.

    Children and Young people

    • 0161 426 5200 / 5201 / 5202 (Children's Equipment and Adaptations Service)
    • Email cypdisp@nhs.net

    You can also find out more about the services offered to disabled children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities by the Council at the Local Offer website.

     

  • Paying for adaptations

    Note: The Council cannot offer grant funding for adaptations you have already completed so if you would like a grant to pay for the work you must obtain a formal written grant approval before you undertake any adaptations. Failure to do this will mean you will have to pay for the work yourself.

    Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG)

    The grant eligibility criteria and the type of adaptations for which grant can be offered are set nationally by the Government. See the Disabled Facilities Grant page on gov.uk.

    The DFG is a mandatory grant which means if you meet all the qualifying criteria the Council must offer you a grant to pay for the adaptations.

    The maximum grant is £30,000.

    The DFG is a means-tested grant unless the adaptations are for a child or young person under the age of 18 years in which case there is no means-test.

    The means-testing is based on a number of factors including your age, your family make-up, and any benefits you receive. The financial test looks at your income and savings/assets and those of your partner, if applicable. Some grant applicants will have to pay a contribution towards the cost of the adaptations and some people will not be eligible for any grant.

    If there is more than one way of adapting your home to meet your needs, any offer of a grant will be based on the most cost effective solution as this makes best use of public funds. For example, you may feel that a ground floor extension to provide bathing and WC facilities would address your mobility issues. However if a stairlift and adaptations to the bathroom would meet your needs an offer of DFG would be based on this more cost effective solution.

    Adaptations must be 'necessary and appropriate' (to meet the needs of the disabled person) and works must be 'reasonable and practicable'. These are the requirements of the national legislation. For example, an occupant of a second or third floor flat with mobility difficulties may benefit from a stairlift to gain access to their flat. However the provision of numerous stairlifts would not be reasonable or practicable and alternative options would have to be explored.

    Owner- occupiers only: If the adaptations include an extension to your property, a portion of the DFG may be repayable. For more information please refer to the Council's Private Sector Housing Investment and Assistance Policy 

    For more information about how DFG applications are processed and how Stockport Homes can help you arrange the adaptations you need please read our leaflet Adapting Your Home

    Discretionary Funding from the Council

    In limited circumstances the Council may offer financial support on a discretionary basis to help disabled residents adapt their home in ways that a Disabled Facilities Grant cannot fund, or move to a more suitable property. For more information please go to the Housing Investment and Assistance Policy 

  • Adaptations factsheets

    Below is a list of the most common adaptations. Click on the link to find a brief description of adaptation, the process we use and some useful pointers to help you to prepare for the adaptation to be installed.

  • Moving to an adapted property

    If you have a disability or health problem and think you would benefit from living in an adapted property you must register with Homechoice, and complete a medical self-assessment form. The information you provide will be assessed by the Medical Housing Officer who will allocate points for your disability/health conditions which you can use to help you bid for properties.

    You may also be contacted by the Occupational Therapist who will decide if you should be included on the Adapted Property Register.

    Most properties with adaptations are advertised through Homechoice and are allocated using the Choice Based Lettings scheme. Details of how a property has been adapted are clearly shown on the advert. All applicants on the Homechoice register may bid for these properties but those on the Adapted Property Register will be given priority.

    Properties that are wheelchair accessible are allocated by the Adapted Property Panel and are not advertised by Homechoice.

    You can find out more by reading our moving to an adapted leaflet.

If you have had any adaptations to your property, please complete this Customer satisfaction survey.

For more information, contact the Home Improvements Agency on 0161 474 4291 or email hia@stockporthomes.org

 

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