Housing Functional Assessment

We have changed the way we award additional points to applicants who apply for housing because they think that their home is not suitable because of a clinical health condition and/or disability.

Previously, we awarded points based on medical assessment criteria. From April 2017, if you apply for housing because you think that your home is not suitable due to a health condition and/or disability, we will carry out a housing functional assessment.

A housing functional assessment is not an assessment of the severity of a person's clinical condition or disability. The assessment will look at whether more suitable accommodation would:

  • Help stabilise a clinical condition or disability; or
  • Allow a person to function more independently

The assessment focuses on a person's ability, or inability to carry out essential day to day tasks within their home. To find out more information on the functional assessment you can read our Allocations Policy Housing Functional Assessment leaflet (PDF).

Criteria for functional assessment points

There are five categories of functional assessment points, which are as follows.

Category Criteria Points
A

Awarded where the illness will become life threatening if the person were to remain in their current accommodation.

Or

Where (due to illness and dysfunction) it has been clearly established by health professionals, that the person is no longer able to safely remain in their current accommodation.

500

Category (A) points may be awarded where:

  • Essential daily care needs cannot be met due to the barriers within the property;
  • A person is not able to return home from a hospital admission due to significant barriers within the property.
B

Awarded where the illness is likely to continue to seriously deteriorate if the person remains in their current accommodation.

Or

Where a person is long term and substantially disabled and due to this it has been established by health professionals that a person is unable to safely access and use essential facilities in your current home.

350

Category (B) points may be awarded where:

  • It has been clearly established that a long term health condition (e,g. a severe and advanced autoimmune disease or mental health illness) is seriously worsened by the persons current housing conditions;
  • Due to long term and substantial dysfunction it has been established that a person is not able to access and use essential first floor facilities.
C Awarded where it has been established by a health professional that a change of property would significantly increase your level of safety, ability and independence when completing essential day to day activities. 150

Category (C) points would be appropriate where:

  • Due to long term or substantial dysfunction, it has been established that the person is at risk when using stairs to reach facilities within the property;
  • The health condition is being made significantly worse due to social isolation and immobility
D Awarded where a change of property would moderately increase a persons level of safety, ability and independence when completing essential day to day activities. 50

Category (D) points would be appropriate where:

  • steps and stairs or bath access are difficult for the person to use - although they can manage (with equipment or adaptations) on most days;
  • social isolation and immobility is making their health condition worse.
E No points will be awarded where there are no recognised barriers in place for the person in carrying out day to day activities. No points will be awarded where alternative solutions can be provided. For example, aids and adaptations. 0

 

To apply for a functional assessment, you must have a current housing application. You also need to fill in a housing functional assessment form (PDF). Once we receive your form a Housing Occupational Therapist will review the information that you have provided on your form. the Housing Occupational Therapist will carry out a holistic assessment which will include:

  • Physical and mental health wellbeing:
  • Function; and
  • The needs for people with learning disabilities.

We will write and tell you the outcome of the assessment within 28 days.

If you already have an application under the previous scheme (called medical assessment) you will retain the points that you have been awarded until;

  • You are housed;
  • There is a change of circumstance that directly affects your medical points; or
  • Your housing application is cancelled

For a copy of the housing functional assessment form (PDF) or for general enquiries about your application please contact us using the email link below

Contact Us

Housing and Property

housing@moray.gov.uk

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