If you need to adapt your home because of a disability or old age, you can apply to the council for equipment or help.

We may be able to help by:

  • arranging for equipment to be provided to help you manage in the home you live in now;
  • adapting your home or
  • finding you a more suitable home that meets your needs

These can sometimes be all that is needed to help you to maintain your independence and quality of life and keep you safe in your own home.

Following an assessment all recommended adaptations or equipment that cost less than £1000 are provided free of charge.

Recommended adaptations which cost more than £1000 are means tested (children are not means-tested) and are provided via a Disabled Facilities Grants.

Aids and equipment in the home

Contact gateway to care to discuss what will make your day to day living easier. Sometimes we can provide simple equipment straightaway, but for more complex needs an assessment may be necessary or we will arrange for the Community Occupational Therapy Team (OT) to contact you. If, following this assessment, we agree that you need equipment, and we supply this, we will pay for this.

The sort of equipment that we can arrange for you may include:

  • Raised toilet seats
  • Shower chair
  • Toilet frames
  • Rails and grips to help with mobility
Adaptations to your home

We can also make adaptations, including fitting:

  • handrails
  • a stair lift or hoist
  • a level-access shower or bathing adaptations
  • a ramp

All recommended adaptations that cost less than £1000 are provided free of charge.

Recommended adaptations which cost more than £1000 are means tested (children are not means-tested) and are provided via a Disabled Facilities Grants.

How to get adaptations or equipment from the council

Adaptations and equipment are provided following a referral and then an assessment.

Referrals into the service currently come from many sources, including Social Workers, GP’s and family/friends and self-referrals.

To arrange an assessment you need to Contact gateway to care and make a self-referral.

If, following an assessment, your home can't be adapted or if you choose to move rather than have adaptations our medical advisory team can help you find suitable housing.

The Accessible Homes Team factsheets explain a client's journey through the Accessible Homes Team process, from initial referral to completion and aftercare.

Returning equipment

Equipment is provided in Kirklees by:

  • Medequip – who run the Community Equipment Service
  • Opcare – who run the Wheelchair Service
  • Local hospitals – who provide crutches other aids to allow safe discharge from hospital

Most equipment will be collected from you free of charge when no longer needed.

In conjunction with Kirklees Council and the NHS, Medequip will collect items where it is economically viable to do so. Where we receive requests to collect smaller items, we will direct you to the nearest amnesty point available to you.

If it has a Medequip label – Contact Medequip and they will collect in within 10 working days.

If the item is a wheelchair – contact Opcare

Small items should be returned to one of the following locations:

  • Medequip – Unit 4 Armytage Road, Brighouse HD6 1QF
  • Equipment return bins at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary or Eddercliffe Health Centre
Technology to help you stay safer in the home

There are various electronic tools that can help you live independently and remain safely at home for longer.

Carephones home safety service uses telecare technologies to support people in their own home. A Carephone can offer peace of mind, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to a wide range of people.

Buying your own equipment or adaptations

A lot of equipment is widely available both on the high street and online.

  • Medequip provide the community equipment service for Kirklees Council and NHS Kirklees. 10% off retail leaflet.
  • Medequip also run an Independent Living Centre in Brighouse which offers a relaxed environment where you can try out equipment in a range of room sittings before you buy. A trusted assessor is available who is a trained person who can support you in identifying the right piece of equipment to suit your needs in remaining independent.
  • Medequip also offers an online retail website Manage at home which has a range of specialist mobility aids, mobility products and equipment. You can contact customer services on 0800 910 1864 if you wish to discuss your requirements or if you prefer to order over the phone rather than on the website
  • Ask SARA helps you find useful advice and products that make daily living easier
  • Eden Mobility Huddersfield mobility aids and equipment
  • Clark and partners Huddersfield mobility aids and equipment
  • Living made easy clear, practical advice on daily living equipment.
  • Connect to Support is a website for people looking for adult social care services, advice and support. You can find everything you need to help you here, from local to national products and services, as well as links to information, specialist advice, local activities and community groups
Disabled Facilities Grants

Disabled Facilities Grants are grants provided to those eligible "to modify an individual’s home environment in order to restore or enable independent living, privacy, confidence and dignity for individuals and their families."

Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG) can be made up to the value of £30,000 to carry out essential adaptations to your home, those commonly funded include:

  • To provide suitable hygiene facilities - for example flat floor showers
  • To improve access and movement in the home – for example hoists and stairlifts
  • To improve access to the home – for example ramps and half steps

Eligibility for Disabled Facilities Grant funding

To be entitled to a DFG you must meet a number of criteria:

  • The adaptation must be necessary and appropriate to meet your needs
  • The adaptation must be reasonable and practical for your home environment
  • You must pass the financial assessment (means test), or be exempt from financial assessment

The DFG Application Process

To apply for a DFG:

  • If the adaptation request is for an adult: Contact gateway to care who will arrange an Occupational Therapist assessment
  • If the adaptation request is for a child: a professional must make a referral to the Paediatric Occupational Therapist service

Repayment of Disabled Facilities Grants

f you are eligible for a DFG, you may (in certain circumstances) have to repay the grant if it is over £5,000 and you move or sell your home, or it is no longer your main place of residence, within 10 years of the works being completed. This will be explained to you if it applies.

Equipment and wheelchair loans

The NHS can provide equipment, such as walking sticks, walking frames and wheelchairs to aid mobility. These are provided on long-term loans and you can arrange this through your GP, hospital consultant or physiotherapist.

Opcare provides wheelchair provision across Calderdale and Kirklees.

Shopmobility rent mobility scooters, wheelchairs and walkers. This service is provided by Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees.

If you need a short-term loans of mobility aids these can often be loaned from the local British Red Cross. You can ether collect equipment or, in some cases, have it delivered for a small fee.