Help to stay living at home
Adapting your home
If you think that you or someone you care for may need adaptations to help make living at home easier contact Care Direct on 0345 1551 007 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to speak to us about having a social care needs assessment.
We can help with:
- minor adaptations – these include ramps, rails and other small works that may be recommended following your assessment. If you are eligible, minor adaptations can be arranged for you free of charge.
- major adaptations – these could include a stair lift, wide doorway, adapting bathrooms or kitchens. The work may be funded through a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) administered through your local district council, or provided on the recommendation of an occupational therapist (OT).
Find more details in the Disabled Facilities Grant leaflet, which is also available from your district council.
Independent Living Centre
The ILC offers a free and impartial assessment and information service to anyone looking for equipment to help them to live independently.
They don’t sell equipment, but can work with you to look at your needs and find the best solutions. If you identify equipment that meets your needs they will talk to you about getting it through statutory services, or buying it yourself locally or online.
If you are registered as disabled, you will be exempt from paying VAT on works done to adapt your home or equipment purchased specifically to meet your disability needs. More information is available from HM Revenue & Customs or phone 0845 010 9000.
Safe at Home
The Safe at Home scheme has now ended. A new scheme will be announced in the near future. In the meantime, for advice about home safety please visit the Devon and Somerset Fire Service.