Making a home more easily liveable if you are getting on a bit or have a disability that makes getting around difficult, even getting in and out of the bath. And you want to hold on to your independence and stay in your own home.
I hope these guidelines will help make living in your own home easier. You should always seek independent advice before adapting your home. Your doctor, social services and your local tax office will advise you.
Before you make any adaptations it's important to get expert advice on the equipment and adaptations that will help with your particular disability needs. Social services or your doctor can arrange for an occupational therapist to visit to assess your disability. And suggest aids and building work that will be specific to helping you. We would not normally carry out any building work without this report.
If you have a disability or use a wheelchair that makes using the stairs or getting to the bathroom difficult, there are adaptations that can be made to your home, ranging from:
Changes like Ramps, grap-rails, hand rails and some other basic adaptations really will make getting into and around your home easier.
Some building work adapting a home where a disabled person lives full-time is VAT free when it is carried out converting your private home. You will need to make a declaration claiming zero rating and hand this to the builders.
The work can include:
Specialist mobility equipment suppliers. Adapting a house for disabled persons and homeowners or householders using a wheelchair sometimes involves us working with specialist mobility equipment suppliers. Who supply the especially designed equipment which we build into the conversion. This includes lifts, stair lifts and walk in showers.
We would not normally need to call on specialist building services or suppliers of specialist equipment for the following mobility building work. Widening doors, building access ramps and steps, installing handrails and converting gardens to be more access friendly for gardeners with a disability or in a wheelchair.
Possible financial help for mobility building work to adapt your home.
If you are disabled or use a wheelchair you might qualify for financial help with the cost of adapting your home. Your local council can advise on providing access to your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and living room.
The types of work can include: Installing a lift, providing a toilet and shower downstairs, installing a ramp and grab rails to the front door. Moving and adapting light switches and heating controls to make them easier to use. Widening doorways and installing ramps for wheelchair access and improving access to your garden.
Who Helps with the cost of adapting your home?
Your local council has a legal obligation to offer a disabled facilities grant to people who need essential adaptations. That help move in and out of and around your home and provide access to your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and living room.
You can claim for a disabled facilities grant if you are disabled. It is your main home and you intend to live in the home throughout the grant period, which is five years.
The types of mobility work you might have carried out with a disabled facilities grant, include:
Mandatory grant for
adapting your home.
If you are disabled, a grant may be mandatory for essential adaptations and provide essential facilities. The types of work are:-
At the discretion of your council, grants for disabled people can also be provided for other work to your home, adapting it to be more suitable accommodation for disabled people.
These are not mandatory and you
should check with your own council before starting any work adapting your home.
Your application will need to show the mobility work adapting your home is necessary, appropriate, reasonable and practical.
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