When it comes to aiding disabled people in need, there are a number of tools that can be installed as a major help. If someone lives in a multi-story home and cannot use stairs, home elevators and stairlifts are excellent additions to a residence that allow for mobility between floors effortlessly. However, in a lot of cases, financial restrictions restrict a person’s ability to afford the help they need.
This isn’t a problem in Bedford, England, where funding has been allotted to disabled residents who need financial assistance. According to Bedfordshire on Sunday, the £400,000 (about $630,000) came from additional savings made in the area over the year:
“Disabled Facilities Grants are used to help meet the cost of providing adaptations and facilities to enable people with disabilities to stay in their homes. They fund improvements which provide people with better access to their habitat, to move around it more freely or to use the essential facilities within the home.”
The article says that a major part of making this funding available is predicated on allowing elderly residents to stay in their homes. This is a big portion of health and wellbeing later in life. Furthermore, town officials say that the funding will prevent accidents in the future. The 65 people who will be helped by this money will have a number of projects completed to aid in mobility around the home:
“Examples of Modifications which are funded through Disabled Facilities Grants include installing a stair lift or providing a downstairs bathroom; installing ramps or widening doorways for easier wheelchair access; or adapting heating and lighting controls to make them easier to use.”
Products like stairlifts, wheelchair lifts and home elevators are usually an essential part of a disabled person’s residence. With the ability to move freely around their own home, elderly citizens get a boost in self-esteem and well-being. Luckily, there are areas like Bedford helping out with the cause.