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A new service to help people stay in their homes for longer has been launched in Hambleton.

Yorkshire Housing’s Swale Home Improvement Agency and Hambleton District Council are working together to help people remain in their homes for longer by providing funds for a range of adaptations.

Extra cash has also been given to the authority through the Better Care Fund to help address hazards associated with trips, falls and excess cold, which could mean help with central heating and boilers for people eligible for a Disabled Facilities Grant.

Disabled Facilities Grants provide home adaptations for people living with a disability including:

  • Widening doors and installing ramps
  • Improving access to rooms and facilities, including stair lifts or a downstairs bathroom
  • Levelling access or creating a wet room or wheelchair accessible shower
  • Adapting heating or lighting controls to make them easier to use

Grants are available to Hambleton residents now and they do not affect any benefits received. This year the council has also agreed to remove the means test for cases where the cost of the adaptation is less than £5,000 – this includes stair lifts, small ramps, and some level access showers. The work will be delivered by Swale Home Improvement Agency.

For more information and advice about the grants available, contact the Swale Home Improvement Agency on 0345 366 4406 or email: swalehia@yorkshirehousing.co.uk