Adapting homes to improve mobility for disabled and elderly people

Help with Paying to adapt your home.



If you have a disability or use a wheelchair that makes using the stairs or getting to the bathroom difficult, there are some adaptations that can be made to your home

Important ! these are meant as helpful guidelines only and you should seek independent advice before adapting your home. Your doctor, social services and your local tax office will help you.

If you have a disability or use a wheelchair that makes using the stairs or getting to the bathroom difficult, there are some adaptations that can be made to your home. these range from installing grab rails and stair rails, to building easy access ramps for disabled and wheelchair access. Ramps and other basic changes really can make getting in and around your home easier.

Some building work adapting a home where a disabled person lives full time is VAT free when it is carried out converting your private home. by making a declaration claiming zero rating and handing this to the builders.

The work can include:
Converting and adapting homes for the disabled and wheelchair access. Building ramps for wheelchair access. Widening doorways and passages to make access easier for a disabled person. Installing a lift between floors to make access easier and this includes the repair and restoring 
decoration. Adapting bathrooms and toilets making them easier to use by a disabled person, this includes bathroom aids like grab rails and bath seats.

Before you make any adaptations it’s important to get expert advice on the equipment and adaptations that will help with your particular disability needs. The social services department or your doctor can arrange for an occupational therapist to visit to assess your disability and suggest aids and building work that will be specific to helping you. We would not normally carry out any building work without this report.

We are aware of and sensitive to the wide range of disabled house holders needs and are flexible and responsive to each persons individual building needs, wether it be hand grips fitted in the bathroom or “drive in” showers for people using a wheelchair.

Adapting a house for disabled persons and home owners or householders using a wheelchair sometimes involves working with specialist suppliers who supply the especially designed equipment which we design into the conversion and then build in. This would involve lifts, stair lifts and walk in showers.

Examples of adapting building work and conversions for the disabled and wheelchair users, where we would involve a specialist building services supplier for disabled people are. Installing showers over baths and providing level access shower, Creating a downstairs WC, Building home extensions for the disabled and wheelchairs, Installing modular buildings Lift apertures Kitchens – both rise and fall and standard.

We would not normally need to involve specialist building services suppliers of equipment for the disabled and people using wheelchairs for the following building work.  Widening doors, building access ramps and steps, installing handrails and converting gardens to be more access friendly for gardeners with a disability or in a wheelchair.

Help with Paying to adapt your home.

If you are disabled or use a wheelchair you may qualify for financial help with the cost of adapting your home. Your local council has a legal obligation to offer disabled facilities grants to people who need essential adaptations which help to move in and out of and around your home and provide access to your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and living room.
You can claim for a disabled facilities grant if you are disabled, its your main home and you intend to live in the home throughout the grant period which is five years.

The types of work you might have carried out with a disabled facilities grant include:


  • installing a lift,
  • providing a toilet and shower downstairs,
  • installing a ramp and grab rails to the front door,
  • moving and adapting light switches and heating controls to make them easier to use,
  • widening doorways and installing ramps for wheelchair access,
  • improving access to your garden.

Applying for a disabled facilities grant.

 Applications for disabled facilities grants are processed by the housing department at your local council you will need to ask them for an application form for a disabled facilities grant.

 If you haven’t already done so you will need to arrange for an occupational therapist to visit to assess what adaptations you need.

The grant is means tested and can take up to six months to get a decision.

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