Adaptations to your home

Adapting for physical disabilities 

If you are finding it hard to manage in your current house or flat, you may want to consider altering or adapting it to suit your needs.

  • You can get information, advice and help on all aspects of making alterations to your home from your local council's housing department.
  • You may be eligible for a Disabled Facilities Grant from your local borough or district council to pay for alterations. Grants are means-tested and applicants must have a permanent and substantial disability in order to be considered. An Occupational Therapy assessment is required to support the request for a grant.
  • You could search our Community directory. Select 'Community support/activities' and then 'House or garden help'.
  • If your home needs major adaptations to make it suitable for your needs, you may wish to consider other housing options. See our Care homes and other housing options information section.

Adapting for dementia

Simple suggestions such as making your toilet bowl a different colour or even just using brighter lights could improve the quality of life of people living with dementia.

Ensuring a colour contrast between the toilet seat, bowl and bathroom floor makes it easier for those with dementia to find the toilet, reducing their risk of incontinence. Yet, minimising colour differences between the kitchen and hall floors could lower the risk of tripping or falling.

Dementia patients may also benefit from having their curtain rods extended to allow more light into rooms. Reducing reflective glares and noise may also improve their quality of life.

A new, free app, developed by the University of Stirling, may make the above recommendations in just 20 minutes after it digitally assesses how dementia-friendly your home is.

The Iridis app can be downloaded from the Apple iTunes and Google Play stores.

Further information

Age UK produce a guide, Adapting your home, which can be read online or printed off
Independent Age has advice about home adapations.
Disability Rights UK have a Factsheet on Housing Grants.

Last reviewed: 21/08/2018