Nearly half of people plan to apply for a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) to help keep their elderly mothers and fathers living independently at home, according to new research.
The report claimed that people increasingly want the Government to pay for modifications of potentially up to £30,000 or more to make their parents’ home more accessible.
Commissioned by homelift manufacturer, Stiltz, the survey polled 2,000 adults aged 40 or over and all the people asked were in contact with at least one parent that lives independently at home.
A DFG may be provided by the local authority to help adapt the home including allowing for improved access to floors and rooms.
The grant can cover anything that ‘contributes towards living a fulfilling and independent long life as long as it shown to improve quality of life’.
The scheme is not only open to homeowners but for those that live in rented accommodation too as tenants can apply through their landlords.
The DFG offers a maximum of £30,000 but this figure can be topped up by local authorities for help with other home improvement projects for eligible residents.
Just 13% of respondents said they had no intention of applying for a grant, while 37% said they did not know.
Nearly 20% of those questioned said they planned to make adaptations to their parents’ home within the next three years so their mother or father can continue living in the property, while 16% had already made modifications.
Only 2% said they did not plan to make any alterations at all.
The research, carried out by onepoll.com, showed 69% agreed that their parent’s desire for independence was the most important thing to them.
Around 13% stated their parents wanted to stay at home but make home modifications to make it more accessible.
However, moving to a care home as they are not able to live independently anymore or move into the family home were not desirable options, according to the survey.
2% of those polled said their parents would like to move to a care home but could not afford it.