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2.7 Social Care Funding Towards Major Home Adaptations

AMENDMENT

This chapter was updated in April 2015.


Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Criteria for Social Care Funding
  3. Adult Social Care Eligible Assistance Procedure to Access Social Care Funding
  4. Procedure to Access Social Care Funding
  5. Complaint Process

    Appendix 1: Request for Adult Social Care Funding Towards DFG Top Up


1. Introduction

This policy and procedure has been developed to offer clarity and enable targeted support to those most in need and to establish consistency and fairness. It outlines the criteria for obtaining Social Care funding towards major home adaptations, states the arrangements for obtaining Social Care funding towards major adaptations and describes how the funding will be given. 

A major adaptation is an adaptation over £1,000. The policy does not cover minor adaptations under £1,000 which are provided without charge.


2. Criteria for Social Care Funding

Providing the works cost within £30,000, are Mandatory and there is no DFG contribution, the full costs will be met by the Disabled Facilities Grant, and Social Care will not need to contribute.

In cases where the adaptation does exceed the upper limit of £30,000 or there is a contribution, funding from Social Care may be sought.

Adult Social Care will consider contributing to funding a major adaptation if all the following circumstances apply:

  1. The person meets Adult Social Care Eligibility Criteria;
  2. Adult Social Care financial assessment has been completed and the person is eligible for ASC funding;
  3. The need cannot be met in another way that offers better value;
  4. Alternative sources of funding have been looked into and this has been unsuccessful. It would be expected that the Home Improvement Agency would have a role in assisting with seeking funding from charities.

If the withdrawal of the grant may result in the local authority purchasing residential care or a significant package of care the application would be considered positively.

It is expected that Registered Social Landlords, that is housing associations and Council landlords, consider funding toward any shortfall in the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG), not Adult Social Care


3. Adult Social Care Eligible Assistance Procedure to Access Social Care Funding

  • Where the person has more than £23,250 ASC will not fund the major adaptation;
  • Where the outcome of of the ASC assessment states there is a contribution to pay ASC will fund initially but will require repayment of the assessed amount. A voluntary legal charge will be placed on the property to secure payment;
  • Where the outcome of ASC financial assessment is nil ASC will fund.


4. Procedure to Access Social Care Funding

4.1 Approval of Funding

All cases up to £5,000 will be approved by Housing Adaptation Occupational Therapy Panel with an Operations Manager from Adult Assessment present at this panel.

All cases £5,000 and above will be approved as above and ‘signed off’ by the relevant General Manager.

In general it is not expected that any loan from Social Care will exceed £30,000, matching the Disabled Facilities Grant. Where the request exceeds this the request will be discussed with the Head of Assessment Services.

4.2 Unforeseen Works

When there are unforeseen works that become apparent whilst the major adaptation is being built, funding can be offered over and above any other funding already secured from Social Care if there is no other source of funding, including by the service user, is available and the Criteria for Social Care Funding is met.

Requests will need to be discussed with the Operations Manager, Adult Assessment, as soon as possible to agree additional funding.

4.3 Process to Access Funding

Occupational Therapists must provide service users with adequate information concerning Social Care funding at an early stage in the planning of any major adaptation. It must be stressed that Social Care funding is available in exceptional circumstances only.

  • Funding can only be fully agreed once the Disabled Facilities Grant has been approved and full costs are known. Early decision ‘in principle’ will require final approval, after the Disabled Facilities Grant is secured.

It is essential that the ability of the service user to contribute towards the adaptation be established at a very early stage of planning the adaptation particularly if there is to be a shortfall in funding.

In all circumstances service users must be asked to consider and explore how they will:

  • Meet any assessed contribution;
  • Finance any costs over and above the maximum Disabled Facilities Grant limit of £30,000.

4.4 Service users Assessed to Contribute

In any case where the service user states they are unable to meet their assessed contribution or the cost of adaptations exceeding £30,000, A request for Adult Social Care Funding towards DFG is to be completed by Housing Occupational therapist. See Appendix 1: Request for Adult Social Care Funding towards DFG.


6. Complaint Process

The Council’s complaints procedure applies for those unhappy with the service they have received or the outcome of their assessment See Part 6, The Customer Experience: Complaints, Compliments and Appeals.


Appendix 1: Request for Adult Social Care Funding Towards DFG Top Up

Click here to access the Request for Adult Social Care Funding Towards DFG Top Up Form

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