This is an interesting report by a local authority, which has relevance to anyone with a disability whose home requires adaptations. The report is on the website of the Housing Learning and Improvement Network (LIN), a network that brings together housing, health and social care professionals in England, Wales, and Scotland to exemplify innovative housing solutions.
A strengths based approach to delivering the Disabled Facilities Grant
An accessible and well-adapted home can enable an adult or child with a disability to remain in their home for longer, with dignity and with pride, and the earlier this is achieved, the sooner the benefits can be realised. Such benefits have long been recognised in Thurrock, and with the Care Act 2014 shifting the focus to a more preventative approach to supporting people, the preventative benefits of accessible home adaptations were also anticipated.
This case study outlines how Thurrock Council have adopted a strength based approach (i.e. utilising a person’s strengths) to delivering Disabled Facilities Grants (DFGs) to enhance individual’s independence and provide overall improvements to their health and wellbeing. This approach shares the virtues set out in the Royal College of Occupational Therapists’ recent guide, Adaptations without delay: A guide to planning and delivering home adaptations differently.