Adaptations to the home

Should you require adaptations to your home as a result of a disability you may be eligible for a grant from your local council.

Disabled Facilities Grants can assist in paying to;

  • Widen doors & install ramps
  • Improve access to rooms & facilities, e.g. stair lifts, downstairs bathroom
  • Provide a suitable heating system
  • Adapt heating or lighting controls

How much you will be eligible for will be dependent upon your household income and any household savings over £6,000.

  • England – grant of up to £30,000
  • Wales – grant of up to £36,000
  • N. Ireland – grant of up to £25,000

The adaptations required will very much depend on the level of disability and the type of house you live in.

Types of adaptations that may be required include;

External

  • Handrails
  • Widening of paths
  • Paved areas for wheelchairs
  • Outdoor lighting

Living Room

  • Recliner chairs
  • Height adjusted chairs

Kitchen

  • Lowering high wall cupboards
  • Additional storage space
  • Lowering of cooker mains switch
  • Installation of extractor fan with accessible controls
  • Perching stool

Bathroom

  • Shower seat
  • Level access shower
  • Non-slip surfaces
  • Wet room

Bedroom

  • Hoist
  • Commode

General

  • Stair lift
  • Grab rails
  • Widened doors
  • Ramps

An Occupational Therapist will attend at the house and assess what adaptations and aids are required.

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