Examples of adaptations

Examples of adaptations

Housing adaptations for people with a disability are split into two categories - major and minor.

Minor adaptations which don't need a referral

We can:

  • provide a handrail can be added to the front or back entrance of the house
  • provide a whirly clothes line or path leading to a clothes line
  • widen paths around the property
  • define steps for people with visual impairments
  • re-site coal bunkers
  • add outdoor lighting

We can:

  • add an additional stair rail
  • change door knobs to lever handles
  • lower Yale locks
  • lowering electrical sockets to an accessible level
  • add power points
  • add rocker light switches
  • change lighting or add lighting
  • relocate clothes hanging rails
  • provide accessible window openings
  • add letter cages or delivery shelves in entrance hall.

We can:

  •  lower or replace high wall cupboards

  •  additional storage space in kitchen

  •  lowering the cooker mains switch

  •  install an extractor fan with accessible controls.

Minor adaptations which do need a referral

There are other minor adaptations which require referral to an occupational therapist to assess your needs.

Examples of this include:

  • installing a level access shower
  • installing of an over bath shower
  • installing of non-slip surface
  • providing storage space for wheelchair
  • fitting ramps
  • fitting special baths
  • installing special toilets
  • adding a step in shower
  • widening doors for wheelchair access
  • installing an intercom & door unlock systems
  • creating paved areas for wheelchairs

Major adaptations

We are also responsible for carrying out certain major adaptations to tenant's homes.

Examples of major adaptations include:

  • bathroom extensions (ground floor showers & W.C’s)
  • bedroom extensions
  • hardstandings
  • major internal changes
  • redesign or re-organisation of existing kitchen
  • stairlifts
  • vertical through floor lifts.
Change of heating

If you require an adaptation which is not listed here, please contact your local district office for details of how you can ask for this type of work.

Adaptations for Housing Executive tenants