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A step by step guide to adapting your home

Updated: 18 Jan 2019
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You may qualify for grant aid
Disabled adaptation railings
If you or someone living with you has a disability, you may qualify for grant aid. We will assess your income to work out whether you will have to pay for some of the work. We will not assess your income if the disabled person is a dependant under 19 years of age.
You can either apply through your GP, social worker or occupational therapy service. In the meantime, the occupational therapist may provide equipment or minor adaptations such as rails in the home. Social Services may review your home care if necessary.
There are four main steps.

Step 1: The occupational therapy assessment process

Your occupational therapist will carry out an assessment and discuss the options with you. When certain types of adaptations such as bedrooms, showers or ground floor toilets are recommended by the occupational therapist, they will notify the grants office.

Step 2: Designing the adaptation

The grants officer will visit your home to look at the condition of your property and to make sure the recommended adaptation is realistic.  They will explain the type and level of grant aid available.

Step 3: Getting your grant approved

If you are not receiving assistance of your local Home Improvement Agency, our grants staff can help you complete the forms. If you have any problems contact the grants office. If you are not eligible for a grant we may need to discuss alternatives.

Step 4: Building work and grant payment

The grants office will issue a formal approval. The work should start within eight weeks and finish within a further twelve months of the approval. We can make stage payments in exceptional circumstances.
You should contact the grants office when the work is finished. We cannot pay the final grant until your builder has completed all the agreed work.