You may need help to live at home by having adaptations made to your home or having specialist aids and equipment.
The Occupational Therapist in the Children and Young People Disability Service can advise families with children and young people with disabilities under the age of 18 on home adaptations and equipment to support daily living activities. The Children and Young People Disability Service would then refer the young person to the appropriate Adult Social Care Team at the age of 18.
Adults over the age of 18 can also request an assessment about any support you might need to live independently by calling the Adult Advice and Information Team on 01628 683744 or email email@example.com.
If you need larger home adaptations you might be able to apply for a Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG). This is for adaptations such as widening doors and installing ramps, stair lifts, and access to bathroom facilities if appropriate. Grants are means tested to target the funding to those who need the most financial help. There is more information here on Disabled Facilities Grants.
The Optalis website also has more information about equipment, adaptations and practical support. (external website)
The below information links to external websites
- Telecare is a service that enable people to continue to live independently in their own homes.
- Disabled Living Foundation (DLF), a national charity that is the leading source of impartial advice, information and training on independent living. Disabled Living Foundation – Living Made Easy
- The charity Independence at Home provides grants for disabled people and those with a long-term illness. Grants can be made for adaptations, equipment or other things to help manage at home if they're not funded by local or national government.
- The Money Advice Service has further advice about shopping around for disability aids and equipment.
- CAB Help with home improvements
- AbilityNet - offers free services to enable disabled people to use computers and the internet at home