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local athority disabled facilitys grants 3 weeks 5 days ago #243228

Hello i am applying for a disabled facilities grant for the instalation of a down stairs toilet after my recent bowel cancer surgery, I am awaiting an assesment by occupational therapist to see if i qualify for a grant, im asking if any body has been sucessfull and what kinds of information i should offer the ot to help on my application.
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local athority disabled facilitys grants 3 weeks 5 days ago #243233

Hi Anne
This is beyond the scope of our forum, but I've posted it, in case any member has experience of this that they might want to share. Remember no one is an expert.

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local athority disabled facilitys grants 3 weeks 5 days ago #243238

Hi Anne

I have found a couple of links that may be useful;

www.disability-grants.org/disabled-facilities-grant.html

www.gov.uk/disabled-facilities-grants

Gary
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local athority disabled facilitys grants 3 weeks 2 days ago #243311

We had a Disabled Facilities Grant last year to have a level access shower fitted. The OT came to the house to assess what facilities we already had and what problems we were having. We just explained all the issues we had using a standard bathroom. Don't be embarrassed by any problems you may have. Just tell them the facts and if you can how you would like to overcome any problems.
The OT agreed we needed the bathroom altering. The Council planned the bathroom and recommended a few approved contractors. We were able to get quotes off 2 of them and choose 1 to do the job.
I would say, do not be forced into having something that you do not feel is right for you. We rejected the Council's plan and planned our own bathroom which they approved. I did feel that we had to stand up for ourselves as we knew what would work for us and it did take a lot longer than anticipated. I hope this helps and good luck.
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local athority disabled facilitys grants 3 weeks 1 day ago #243348

Hi Anne,

The OT part is usually the easy bit, don't worry too much - they are usually very friendly and will help suggest more things that the grant could cover, if successful! Also (my OTs were quite expert) they knew my difficulties very well, and knew what issues needed to be put down on the forms.

Be warned that there is usually quite a high turnover of OT staff, so it's worth keep chasing them at the council in case it's sitting in the next OT's inbox when they inevitably take over. Similarly, once it gets to your landlord (?) it's a good idea to keep chasing them until they send a surveyor round. At all times it will get "lost" in a back room if you don't keep prodding people with sticks. Even so, it does take a looooong time, there are over 1000 DFG waiting more than a year in my area! Good luck.
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