Improving en-suite for Oh

Discussion in 'Legal and financial issues' started by Starbright, Oct 7, 2018.

  1. Starbright

    Starbright Registered User

    Apr 8, 2018
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    Female
    Somewhere on TP I read that as my OH claims Attendance Allowance we may be eligible for some help in improving his bathroom ...mainly enlarging the shower and a non-slip type of floor.
    Any guidance please ...thank you A x
    OH has Alzheimer’s and Vascular....amongst other medical complications.
     
  2. nitram

    nitram Registered User

    Apr 6, 2011
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    Male
    North Manchester
    Minor adaptations/equipment costing up to £1000 are free of charge if recommended by an LA . occupational therapist (OT),there is no means test.receipt of AA is not a requirement.

    You could ask for an assessment by an OT

    3.2 Free disability equipment and minor adaptations
    Local authorities have a general power under the Act to charge for
    services they provide to meet needs. However, they cannot charge for a
    service consisting of the provision of disability equipment and/or minor
    adaptations that assist with nursing at home or aid daily living.
    A minor home adaptation is defined as one costing £1,000 or less in the
    charging regulations. These are often related to mobility and falls
    prevention, for example: a short concrete ramp or shallow steps, a grab
    rail or longer external metal hand rail, automatic lighting at the front
    access, or a door-release intercom system.
    See section 4.1 for the charging rules for more major home adaptations.


    https://www.ageuk.org.uk/globalasse...bility_equipment_and_home_adaptations_fcs.pdf
     
  3. marionq

    marionq Registered User

    Apr 24, 2013
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    I didn’t wait as John had a bad fall but although there was no time to pursue a grant we did get it free of VAT. GP just had to write a letter saying the work is a necessary adaptation because of his illness. I gave this to the builder. It was worth around £600 to us in tax savings.
     
  4. Starbright

    Starbright Registered User

    Apr 8, 2018
    192
    Female
    @nitram we had already put grab bars in the shower...then after an assessment the OT put in a shower seat. But it’s a step over to get into the shower, a potential hazard.
    Thank you so much for the advice. A x
     
  5. Starbright

    Starbright Registered User

    Apr 8, 2018
    192
    Female
    @marionq ...Like you I think we may just have to go ahead with some sort of improvement ,oH has had a few falls and the OT recommended an appt with the Falls Team and we see them on Tuesday. Thank you for your advice about the VAT. A x
     
  6. nitram

    nitram Registered User

    Apr 6, 2011
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    North Manchester

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