Ribble Valley grants available to help disabled adapt their homes

OPEN DOOR: George Almond (left), with Ribble Valley Borough Council's principal surveyor, Tim Lynas
OPEN DOOR: George Almond (left), with Ribble Valley Borough Council's principal surveyor, Tim Lynas

RIBBLE Valley resident George Almond is chuffed to bits after receiving a Ribble Valley Borough Council grant for the installation of a stair-lift and walk-in shower at his Billington home.

George, who has health and mobility problems, said the facilities would give him a new lease of life by allowing him to live more independently at home.

The council provides grants of up to £30,000 for disabled people to fit their houses with a range of adaptations, from ramps and stair-lifts, to walk-in showers and even ground floor extensions, with up to 40 properties a year receiving assistance.

Rachael Stott, the council’s housing strategy manager, said: “We work closely with the Occupational Therapy Department and Social Services to provide the grants.

“An occupational therapist will visit the property and decide which adaptations are necessary, then a financial means test assesses an applicant’s ability to contribute towards the recommended work. The work is overseen by a technical officer or surveyor and this service has been warmly received, with users expressing a 96% satisfaction rate.””

Mr Almond said: “These adaptations will help me live a fuller and more independent life, and I would encourage anyone with mobility problems to inquire whether they may also be eligible for help. Everyone involved in this process has been fantastic and I can’t thank the council enough.”

As Ribble Valley Borough Council is the only authority in Lancashire that does not have a waiting list for disabled facilities grants, applications are usually processed quickly. For more information or to book an assessment, phone the council’s housing team on 01200 425111.