Stair Lift Grants

Stair Lifts are a great benefit to many families across the UK, as they are giving better mobility to people who would otherwise have be limited to living in only one floor of their home. They are able to freely move from one floor to the other with the use of a stair lift that is installed right on top of the regular stairway. These lifts do not take up the entire space of the stairway and some even are able to be folded up allowing you to use the stairway like you normally would. Having a stair lift installed often allows the person who is disabled to live at his home for a longer time with little assistance.

Installing a stair lift can be a great benefit, especially for those whose bedroom and bathroom are located on the second floor. The alternative would be to have major construction done to move both the bathroom and the bedroom to the first floor. Another alternative could be to move to a new one floor home. Both of these alternative options mean a lot of moving and a large expense. Many people feel that they cannot afford to purchase and install a stair lift in their home. What they should know is that the government has a program called Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG) which helps families cover the costs by offering stair lift grants.

Stair Lift Grants

The government has set up Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG) to help families pay for some of the costs of installing stair lifts with stair lift grants. These stair lifts can be built either in the home owned by the person who is disabled or in a rented home. The amount of the grant is dependant upon the person's needs and can range from zero to one hundred percent of the total cost to have the stair lift installed. The DFG grants provide assistance up to the cap of £25,000 which is the cost they assume it would be to have a stair lift installed.

Before having a stair lift installed, you will want to check with your local authority to gain information on applying for one of the stair lift grants. They will be able to give you the necessary paperwork that will need to be completed before the grant process can start. The first step will be for the person who is disabled to be accessed by an occupational therapist (OT) who will determine the need of the person. The OT will give their recommendation and most local authorities weigh very heavy on this opinion. Your OT will be able to help you determine which type of stair lift will be best for your specific situation.

After being approved for one of the stair lift grants, you will be given a list of certified installers who will be able to install your stair lift. You want to be sure that your contractor lists all of the costs on their bill and does not leave any extra costs off. For example, if you are going to have them add stair rails on and your OT has deemed them necessary, then they must be included on the original billing to receive appropriate payment. For those living in Scotland, they should see their local authority because their rules and regulations for these stair lift grants are slightly different.

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