Cheshire East Council’s home adaptations service has landed a top award for the way it has streamlined access to grants for essential home adaptations for people with disabilities.
The service received the award for its innovative work in prevention and early intervention and its holistic approach to supporting disabled people to live independently at home.
The council picked up the ‘home adaptations service of the year’ award at a prestigious event held at the House of Lords. The annual ‘home improvement agency’ awards are organised by Foundations, a national body funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Cheshire East Council has streamlined the way it delivers disabled facilities grants by cutting red tape, admissions to hospital and residential care.
The council recently increased the ceiling for grants from £30,000 to £50,000, enabling peopleto invest in adaptations more suited to their disabled needs. It also made it easier for residents to obtain loans for carers and the extended family of disabled children, as well as moving to a more suitable property where circumstances make this a more sensible option.
Councillor Ainsley Arnold, cabinet member for housing and planning, said: “I am delighted that our success in this very important sector of council work has been recognised at national level.
“Cheshire East Council has a core policy to promote long and healthy lives and to enable people to live independently and safely in their own homes.
“Relieving the pressure on health services and social care is a crucial role for this council and it is rewarding for the staff involved to see their work recognised with this award.”
Home improvement and handyperson service providers are local organisations dedicated to helping older people, the vulnerable and people with disabilities to live in safety and with dignity in their own homes.
Services are focused on ensuring that existing housing is fit for purpose and that vulnerable people, predominantly home owners, are able to continue to live independently for as long as possible.