If you want to stay independent in your own home for longer, there are adaptations that could make your everyday life easier.
There are many different types of equipment and adaptations available, depending on what you may need help with. Some will be more expensive than others. Examples of home adaptations include:
Access to your home
- A ramp or hand rails for the front door
- Outdoor lights for better visibility
Moving around your home
- A stair lift. Download our free Adapting your home guide to find out about stairlifts, mobility aids and other products and services that can help you live at home comfortably for longer.
- Grab rails or a second bannister
- Repositioning or widening doors for wheelchair access.
- A shower seat or bath lift
- A walk-in bath
- Flood detectors
Using the kitchen
- A kettle tipper
- Cupboards with pull-out shelves for easy access
- A one-handed chopping board
- A wheelchair accessible sink.
- Personal alarm
- Pressure sensors
- Gas and carbon monoxide detectors
Find out more about these adaptations, and further information, in the free downloadable guide:
Adapting your home guide (PDF 367KB)
Making adaptations to your home can be costly, but you may be eligible for help from the local authority.
Disability equipment and small adaptations costing less than £1000 are generally provided free of charge if you’ve been assessed as needing it and you are eligible. Contact your local social services department to have your needs assessed.
Disabled facilities grants
If you require larger adaptations but need help with funding, you may be able to apply for a Disabled Facilities Grant. These are paid by your local council’s housing department, but you may be advised to contact social services first to get an assessment of your needs. These grants are means-tested, so your income and capital can affect how much you get.
Home Improvement Agencies
You could also try contacting a home improvement agency (HIA). These are not-for-profit organisations that help owner-occupiers or tenants of private rented accommodation who are older, disabled or on low incomes, to repair, improve or adapt their homes.
They offer practical help with tasks such as arranging a survey, getting estimates for work, or accessing financial help. They might also run a handyperson scheme. For more information about HIAs, visit the Foundations website.
Other housing options
If you’re having difficulty managing in your home and it is not possible to adapt it, you may have to consider moving to alternative accommodation. Read more about your housing choices or see the guide Housing options (PDF 670 KB).