What are home adaptations?
Home adaptations are changes you can make to your home, to make it easier and safer for you (or a member of your household) to move around and carry out day-to-day tasks.
We understand that your needs may change at any time and we may be able to make adaptations to help you continue to live in your home.
These are small alterations such as:
- Grab rails and shower chairs
- Small concrete ramps
- Window opening equipment
- Lever taps
For most minor adaptations, you will need a recommendation from an occupational therapist (OT). To do this, please contact your local council.
Minor adaptations will usually be paid for and carried out by Wandle.
Major adaptations are more complex in nature and typically cost more than £1000. These adaptations may include:
- Fitting a stairlift or through floor lift
- Ceiling hoists
- Level access showers or wet rooms
- Adapted kitchens
- Complex outdoor ramps
In all cases you will need a home assessment and recommendation from an occupational therapist (OT).
To apply for a home assessment, please contact your local council or visit Apply for equipment for your home if you’re disabled – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).
Major adaptations will usually be carried out by your local council. You will need to apply for a means tested Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG).
If your local council accepts your request, it will be sent to Wandle for approval. If approved by Wandle, works can begin.
For further information, please read our aids and adaptations policy.