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

Getting adaptations from us

Finding out what you need is the first stage, and we can only adapt your home after your needs have been assessed.

An occupational therapist, will visit you in your home to assess your needs and provide advice. They'll ask you questions and see how you manage in your home and see what you struggle with. You'll work out what help you need together.

Types of adaptations

Following an assessment, the occupational therapist may recommend minor or major adaptations to your home.

Minor adaptations

Minor adaptations are works that do not need any structural changes to your home examples include:

  • Grab rails
  • Shallow steps
  • Bannister on the stairs
  • Toilet frames

Major adaptations

Major adaptations are works that do need structural changes to your home, examples include:

  • Stair lifts
  • Walk-in shower
  • Widening doorways
  • Lowering kitchen worktops
  • Putting in an outdoor ramp

Paying for adaptations

The financial help that is available depends on whether the adaptations you need to make to your home are minor or major.

Following an assessment all recommended adaptations costing:-

  • less than £5,000 (minor adaptations) are provided free of charge
  • more than £5,000 (major adaptations) are means tested. If you meet the criteria we will refer you for a Disabled Facilities Grant and support you through the funding process.

We will advise you on the most appropriate funding.

Paying for adaptions yourself

If you do not meet the criteria and you decide to pay for any adaptations yourself, we can still give you advice and support including a list of recommended contractors, so you receive the best offers.

Request an assessment

Fill in our simple online form.

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After you've contacted us

A Gateway to care officer will then contact you directly via email or a telephone call.

We will ask you some questions to get an idea of the difficulties you're having and how you are coping. We'll use the information you give us to work out whether we can help you and, if so, how quickly we can come and visit you to assess your needs.

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