If you are looking for information and advice about organising home adaptations, a local Care & Repair or similar home improvement agency may be able to help.
Most of these services offer advice and assistance with finding the money to pay for work, contracting a reliable builder and supervising the building work. Some offer other practical help which may enable you to live independently in your own home for longer. Some run a ‘handyperson’ service which carries out minor adaptations jobs eg installing grabrails.
To find out if there is a Care & Repair or similar agency in your area you can contact their national organisation, Foundations Tel 0300 1240315, www.foundations.uk.com.
Disabled Facilities Grants
If you need an adaptation to your home because you are disabled, and need help to pay for this because you are living on a low income you may be entitled to a Disabled Facilities Grant.
Every local housing authority is obliged to offer disabled facilities grants.
Usually the first people to contact are Social Services as an Occupational Therapist will need to visit you at home to discuss what you need and then make a recommendation about the necessary adaptations. However, this does vary according to where you live.
A detailed explanation about Disabled Facilities Grants is available on the Gov.uk website: www.gov.uk/disabled-facilities-grants
Who Else May Help
www.ageuk.org.uk 0800 169 6565
AgeUK national can tell you if there is a local AgeUK in your area. Some may offer information and advice about adaptations; some may run a handyperson service to carry out small adaptations.
Disabled Living Foundation
www.dlf.org.uk 0300 999 0004
Provide independent information and advice about equipment, adaptations & services to make living independently at home safer. Their site ‘Living made easy‘ offers clear practical advice about daily living equipment.
Disability Rights UK www.disabilityrightsuk.org
Publish a comprehensive guide, the Disability Rights Handbook, which has a detailed section about help with home adaptations and DFG, and can link people to a wide range of disabled people’s organisations.