Practical Advice For Anyone Moving To A New Home With A Disability
If you are planning on moving home with an illness or disability or you care for someone who is disabled, you should always plan ahead to make sure that you receive the help, services and support that you require.
You may be eligible for a grant from your local council, to help you to make changes to your new home to suit your needs. Such as; Widening doors frames and installing ramps for easy access, improve access to facilities and adapt electrical, heating and lighting controls etc to make them easy to use etc. Your local authority will have its own set of rules, regarding the conditions you must meet in order to receive help. They will take into account every persons individual circumstances as well as their financial position.
Personal Independence Payments (PIP) will soon be replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for any one with a long term illness or disability, between the ages of 16 to 64 years. PPI is aimed to help with the cost of living with a long term illness or disability. The rates are calculated upon how your condition affects you and your daily life style.
If you are caring for someone with an illness or disability for more than 35 hours a week, you could be entitled to receive carer’s allowance. Carer’s allowance is currently at £59.75 a week, however it may affect other benefits you claim for. You do not need to be related or living with the person you care for to receive carer’s allowance.
If you have applied for a disabled facilities grant to adapt to your current home, and your local social services have decided that your home is not suitable for adaptation, then your local council may offer you a relocation grant to help towards the cost of moving home with an illness or disability.
We understand that if you are disabled and moving home, this can be a very unsettling experience, this is why our staff aim to take as much of the burden away from you as we possibly can, so that you can rest assured, that your move is in the safest of hands and care. Which will help you to settle in your new home and new surroundings.