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Adapting your home

If you or someone who lives in your home with you has an illness or disability, you may benefit from extra fittings or changes to the design of your home.

If you have difficulty, for example:

  • Getting in and out of your home
  • Using the kitchen or bathroom

Smaller aids and adaptations we can organise are:

  • Key safes
  • Grab rails 
  • Alterations to doorsteps to make the entry level
  • Shower seats
  • Stair rails
  • Lever taps
  • Extra power points
  • Security lights
  • Fitting extra power points for Careline alarms

However, if you've been referred to an Occupational Therapist they will assess your needs and class any changes as minor adaptations or major adaptations.

What are minor adaptations?

These are changes to your home that reduce the risk of injury including:

  • Building small access ramps and steps
  • Positioning grab rails
  • Fitting a shower over the bath
  • Fitting drop-down rails

What are major adaptations?

These types of adaptation can often mean structural changes to your home. Because of this we will need to do a 'suitability and needs' assessment, which checks that your existing home can be altered or whether a different property would be more suitable.

Examples of major adaptations are:

  • Widening doors
  • Replacing a bath with a low-level shower in a bungalow or ground floor flat
  • Replacing a bath or low-level shower with a level access shower
  • Raising or lowering kitchen units to suit wheelchair users
  • Fitting wet rooms
  • Redesigning your kitchen
  • Providing more space so a wheelchair can move around easily
  • Providing safe areas
  • Fitting stair lifts
  • Fitting ramps
  • Strengthening a ceiling hoist
  • Providing slip-resistant flooring

We aim to complete major adaptations within 8 weeks.

Examples of structural adaptations include:

  • Extending your home to provide an extra bathroom, toilet or bedroom
  • Fitting a ceiling hoist
  • Removing internal walls

Structural adaptations are assigned priorities according to how quickly they are needed:

  • Priority 1 - work will be done within 5 working days
  • Priority 2 - work will be done within 8 weeks
  • Priority 3 - work will be done if funding is available

Refusing requests for adaptations

There are some adaptations which we will refuse to carry out unless there is funding available. These include:

  • Providing power points for charging a buggy
  • Building a buggy store
  • Building a buggy store
  • Making changes to tarmacked areas and crossovers, including lowering the kerb
  • Moving electrical sockets
  • Lifts from one floor to another
  • When a tenant moves from an adapted property (subject to reasons for the move).

If we have carried out a ‘suitability and needs’ assessment, we will refuse your request for an adaptation if:

  • Your home is not suitable for the adaptation you need
  • There is a more suitable property available that could be adapted
  • There is a property available which is already adapted for your needs
  • If you have applied to buy your home under the right to buy/right to acquire scheme







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