South Norfolk Council helping residents stay in their own homes

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Originally released on 26/09/2017

Over the last twelve months South Norfolk Council has helped more than 2,000 people stay safe, warm and well in their own homes. This has included a record 200 residents who have benefitted from the Council’s Disabled Facilities Grants.

This range of help includes the installation of ramps, wet rooms and stair lifts that provide support to enable South Norfolk residents to live independently in their own homes and delays or even prevents the need for increased levels of support.

Councillor Yvonne Bendle, Cabinet member for Well-being and Early Intervention said: “With a growing number of older people and an ever increasing demand on health and social care providers, it’s important to offer services that support people before they get to the point of needing residential care.

“We have helped vulnerable residents stay in their own homes by providing the help that they need to ensure that their homes are both safe and secure.

“Disabled Facility Grants, from the council are used to pay for work that is required within the home. This can be as quick and simple as a Handyperson installing a grab rail or a smoke alarm through to larger housing adaptation such as a walk-in shower.”

The grants South Norfolk Council has given this year equates to a saving of over £4 million in residential care costs to the health system.

To find out more about Disabled Facility Grants visit the website at
www.south-norfolk.gov.uk