Fri. Dec 6th, 2019

Independence At Home

2 min read
Older people

Group of old people walking outdoor


Most people want to stay in their own homes for as long as they can and they also want to be as independent as possible. Citizens Advice in Sevenoaks & Swanley have been asked by Sevenoaks District Council (SDC) to help eligible people to apply for grants to enable them to remain in their own homes (owner occupied or rented) safely and independently for longer. To assess what help you need, SDC can visit you in your home and then help you to apply for a non-means tested ‘safe and secure grant’ of up to £1,000 if you are over 60, or have a medical condition.

Grants can be obtained for anything that will help keep you safe and promote your independence, including aids such as grab rails, chair raisers, bath seats, raised toilet seats, ramps and stair rails. You can apply for additional security measures such as mortice locks, door chains, window locks, even a new front door. There are aids to help those with memory problems who might, for example, leave the bath running or forget to close the front door. You can also get help to apply for a non-means tested Accelerated Facility Grant of up to £7,500 which could, for example, pay for a wet room or a straight stair lift. There are also larger, means tested Disabled Facilities Grants of up to £30,000 to pay for more extensive adaptations needed as a result of a disability. If you own your own home but have a low income so that you claim Pension Credit or Council Tax Support, then the Citizens Advice can help you apply for a Housing Assistance Grant of up to £10,000 for urgent repairs – like a leaky roof, or to buy a new boiler. Some of the grants are repayable but not until the property is sold or transferred, and no interest is added.

The information above just gives an overview of what could be on offer. If you are interested and think you might be eligible please ring Citizens Advice for an appointment or call into one of their drop-in advice sessions:

Sevenoaks (next to Sevenoaks Library)
Buckhurst Lane, TN13 1HT Tel: 01732 454443
Or drop in 10 am-2 pm on Tuesdays,
Thursdays and Fridays

38 Swanley Centre,
London Road, BR8 7TQ   Tel: 01322 875888
Or drop in 10 am-2 pm on Tuesdays,
Wednesdays and Thursdays

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