Care and RepairCustomer focused help with home improvements.
What does it do?
Care & Repair is Blackpool’s Home Improvement Agency – working with people of all ages in Blackpool by helping them to live independently in their own homes.
Our services include help and guidance with disabled facilities, grants and adaptations.
There are two levels of adaptation:
This is small work (usually under £1000 in value) and may include additional grab rail/s in and around the property, additional stair rail, half step to an entrance, small ramps.
These are classed as large scale works – such as level access showers, stair lifts or ramps.
We can help customers in all tenures: tenants in Blackpool Coastal Housing, Private Rented or Housing Association properties and Owner Occupier residents.
Disabled Facilities Grant
The Disabled Facilities Grant, or DFG, is a means tested government grant to assist disabled people in making their homes and essential facilities more accessible. The grant is used to fund adaptations such as stair lifts, ramps and showers for people with disabilities to help them live independently within their own homes. **The DFG cannot be used to cover decorative, repair or maintenance costs.**
Works need be considered necessary, appropriate and reasonable in order to be undertaken.
Who is eligible?
In order to establish if you are eligible for the Disabled Facilities Grant, you will need to be assessed by an Occupational Therapist (OT) from the Adaptations Department. If you are assessed as requiring major adaptations to your home, a caseworker will contact you to complete an application for funding. The DFG is a means tested government grant, so you may be required to have a financial assessment if you are not in receipt of relevant (or passported) benefits. (Passported benefits are benefits which can passport (entitle) you to other benefits or schemes).
You can apply for the grant if you are:
- A disabled person who is either an owner occupier, a private tenant or a tenant of a socially registered landlord
- An owner occupier or private/housing association tenant who has a disabled person residing with them (either an adult or a child)
- A landlord, on behalf of a disabled tenant
Blackpool Community Equipment Services
Care and Repair work closely with NHS (Clinical Commissioning Group) CCG & Blackpool Council Adult Services Commissioners, all Blackpool Health Professionals, in particular, Occupational Therapists (OT's).
Assessments are carried out by OT’s for both adults and children who have disabilities requiring specialist equipment to help them to live at home and maintain their independence. These assessments and interventions significantly reduce hospital admissions.
We also provide this service to customers who live outside Blackpool but whose GP is based in Blackpool.
The scheme provides an essential repairs service to enable victims of domestic abuse to return to or remain living in their own homes.
Referrals can be made by any professional involved with the service user. The service is open to all ages and tenures and is not means tested.
For more information about any of these services please contact Care & Repair
Tel: 01253 477900 (select option 4, then option 2)
Who it is for?
At Care and Repair we are able to support residents with a disability or medical condition and on a low income.
Where it is available?
How to access or apply for it:
See contact details above