Finding somewhere to live

Modifications to your home

Sometimes your property may need changing to help you move about and use your home safely and independently.

For example:

  • access in and out of your home (e.g. a wheelchair ramp)
  • access to specific rooms such as the toilet, bath or shower or a wash basin
  • ceiling hoists
  • stair lifts
  • widening doorways so that you can use a wheelchair
  • replacing your bath or shower unit with a level-access shower, or changing your toilet
  • adding a downstairs toilet so that you don't have to keep using the stairs
  • installing low level kitchen units

Any adaptations recommended, because of your assessment, must be necessary and appropriate to the needs of the person, and the adaptations must be reasonable and practical.

For example, a person with mobility problems may feel that a ground floor extension incorporating a level access shower and toilet should be funded.

However, a stair lift to an existing bathroom on the first floor and adaptation of that bathroom would be a more reasonable, practical and cost effective solution.

If you meet the funding criteria, we will refer you for a Disabled Facilities Grant for equipment or aids to help you. We will advise you on the most appropriate funding.

Equipment (aids) in your home

Specialist equipment is available which will allow you to move around safely and independently.

This can help you:

  • get washed
  • get dressed
  • with cooking
  • with moving round your home

If you are the carer for someone with physical health problems, then having the right equipment in place will make your work both easier and safer.