Can my home be adapted to make it easier for me to stay here?

If you have physical difficulties with living in your home we may be able to adapt it so you can continue to live there or, if you apply for one, offer you another home to better suit your needs.

To see if we can help by adapting your home contact our Single Point of access for more information tel 023 8083 3003.

Some minor works such as grab rails and stair rails may be fast tracked to our adaptations service direct from the single point of access team.

Depending on your needs you might be referred to an Occupational Therapist in the Community Independence Team or Adaptations Team for an assessment.

You might be provided with equipment or minor adaptations to assist with daily living tasks.

If you are eligible for a major adaptation such as a level access shower or stairlift an Occupational Therapist in the Adaptations Team will make a recommendation following their assessment and submit this to the council Adaptations Team.

If you are eligible to have your home adapted and the Occupational Therapist submits a request, the adaptations team in Housing Services will tell you when this work will be done.

Priority is given to those in greatest need and there is likely to be some delay as the demand for this work exceeds the limited budget we have available each year.

We do not install equipment, e.g. shower units that you have bought yourself or repay the cost of any work you get done yourself.

If you want to install your own adaptations you would need to seek permission via

If you have had adaptations installed, or you moved into a new home with adaptations already in it, you must not remove or alter them unless you have our written permission to do so.

In most cases we do not give permission for any adaptation to be altered or removed .