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Adaptations to your home

If you are finding it hard to manage in your current house or flat, you may want to consider altering or adapting it to suit your needs.

  • You can get information, advice and help on all aspects of making alterations to your home from your local council's housing department.
  • You may be eligible for a Disabled Facilities Grant from your local council to pay for alterations. Grants are means-tested and applicants must have a permanent and substantial disability in order to be considered. An Occupational Therapy assessment is required to support the request for a grant.
  • You could also try contacting a home improvement agency (HIA). These are not-for-profit organisations that help owner-occupiers or tenants of private rented accommodation who are older, disabled or on low incomes, to repair, improve or adapt their homes. They offer practical help with tasks such as arranging a survey, getting estimates for work, or accessing financial help. They might also run a handyperson scheme. For more information about HIAs, visit the Foundations website.
  • You could search our Community Directory for Repairs and Maintenance services
  • If your home needs major adaptations to make it suitable for your needs, you may wish to consider other housing options.

Further information

Age UK produce a guide, Adapting your home, which can be read online or printed off
Independent Age has advice about home adapations.
Disability Rights UK have a Factsheet on Housing Grants.

Last reviewed: 21/04/2016

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