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The incorporation of universal design principles can now allow a person who has reduced mobility to stay in their own homes for as long as comfortably possible. An accessible, adapted home can significantly help to improve an older or disabled person’s quality of life as these adaptations give independence, help prevent falls and reduce admissions to hospital or care homes.

In England, Wales, and Northern Ireland funding for registered disabled people is available through the Disabled Facility Grant (DFG) that can be used for adaptations around the home to give better freedom of movement and to provide essential facilities within it.

The following lists the purposes for which a DFG grant may be given:

  • Widening doors and installing ramps
  • Providing or improving access to rooms and facilities, e.g. downstairs bathroom, stair lift, level access showers, etc.
  • Improving or providing a suitable heating system
  • Adapting heating or lighting controls to make them easier to use
  • Improving access to and movement around the home to enable to care for another person who lives in the property, such as a child

In Scotland, grants are available to provide homes with all the "standard amenities" which are a level access shower, a wash-hand basin, a sink, all with hot and cold water supply, and a toilet.

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