Aids and adaptations

We want you to enjoy your home and to be as independent as possible.

If you, or someone in your home, has a disability, illness, or is recovering from a stay in hospital, we can sometimes change the design of your home, or the fittings in it, to make your home more suitable for your needs.

Minor adaptations

Minor adaptations include things like installing grab rails, lever taps, door entry equipment, and key safes and you can request these via the Great Places Resident Area, please select other as your type of repair and include as much details as possible within your request. As long as the request is suitable for your home then we will be in touch to arrange an appointment for our in-house repairs team to complete your minor adaptation request.

Major adaptations

These are larger adaptations to your home, which may involve some structural changes to the property — for example stair lifts, level access showers, and ramps.

There are some steps that need to be taken first before we can begin any major adaptations.

  • We will need a written recommendation from an occupational therapist
  • We will then consider whether these recommendations are reasonable and practical for the property and if they are
    • We will meet you in person to make an assessment
    • We may suggest that you consider moving to a more suitable home if the works are quite substantial and if this is necessary 
If a move is necessary we will:
  • Help you find one which is better equipped for your needs.
  • Help you explore all the relevant options

If you feel you require a major adaption to your home, you will need to apply for a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG). This is because major adaptations are funded and carried out by your local council. This grant is means tested so you will need to complete a means test form. If you are receiving benefits, it is unlikely that you will be asked to pay anything towards the cost of the work.

The local council will then undertake the work using their approved contractors. It is important to note that there are often waiting lists for major adaptations.

If you are unsure about the adaptation process or if you have a general question, please contact us