Aids and Adaptations
Chevin Housing Association is sensitive to the needs of its disabled tenants and is keen for them to have additional facilities to enable them to meet their specific needs or allow them to enjoy independence, privacy and dignity. Any tenant can apply for an adaptation to their home, to help themselves or a member of their household. There is no age limit but there must be a recognised need for the adaptation. Chevin can help directly with Minor Adaptations but any Major Adaptations will need to be assessed by your Council's Occupational Therapy Service or Grants Department. Any assessment of need will be made within the Chronically Sick & Disabled Persons Act 1970.
If you would like an adaptation to your home you will need to contact the Adaptations Team in Wakefield to make your referral. If this is for Minor Adaptations costing less than £1,000 this will be processed through the Adaptations Team and a contractor instructed to carry out the work. Minor Adaptations will be paid for by Chevin Housing Association.
If your request is for Major Adaptations then you will need to contact your Local Council to have your needs assessed within their particular policies and procedures. This will usually be carried out by an Occupational Therapist who will assess what is required to help with your needs. The Occupational Therapist can recommend that your Local Council award a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) towards the cost of the works. Some Local Authorities operate their own Occupational Therapy services to carry out assessments and recommendations under the Chronically Sick & Disabled Persons Act 1970.
Major Adaptations may be funded totally by a DFG from the local council, or jointly funded by the council and Chevin. This will depend upon your needs, the cost of work and the policies of your local council. The grant will be awarded to you not Chevin, so you must make the application. The grant is means tested (based on your income) and must be for adaptations that are necessary, appropriate, reasonable and practical. All referrals for DFG's are made to your local council who will assess your need and your grant will start to be processed from this assessment.
Any work carried out under a DFG is your responsibility and you may be responsible for future maintenance once any guarantee periods have expired. If you are unsure of who to contact or how to make an application please let the Adaptations Team know and we will assist you in whatever way may be necessary or appropriate for you to make an application.
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