How can I adapt a home for an elderly or disabled person?

22 June 2018

As you become older, you may need to make alterations to your home if you or a family member has a disability. There are several techniques that can be used to adapt a home for someone with a disability. These include:

It is important to design a building in such a way that if a fire or emergency was to occur, methods such as lifts aren’t 100% relied upon to evacuate the building.

How can I plan to adapt my home?

An occupational therapist will need to visit your home. They will look at your daily living needs and determine if any adaptations could benefit you. However, there are other health professionals who will be able to advise. For example, nurses and physiotherapists. Note that some recommendations may require planning permission. So, do be aware of this.

Can I get access to financial help to fund adaptations in my home?

Some adaptations can be expensive. Specifically, if structural changes need to be made. Thankfully, there are some options available to help reduce the overall cost. These include:

For the above schemes, you should make sure that you comply with the terms and conditions which are required before work commences.


When you get older, it is sometimes necessary to make adaptations to your home. There are a vast number of alterations that you can make to your property. For example, wheelchair access, grab rails and specialist furniture, to name a few. It is essential before commencing any type of alterations to your home that you are eligible in the first place. And as part of this, it may be necessary for an occupational therapist to evaluate how such alterations could positively impact your day to day living. It is also essential to overview the terms and conditions before agreeing to any work.

Are you considering making alterations to your home for yourself or a family member? Contact Phoenix Design Man today and see how we can help make adaptations to your home to make yours or your family members lives easier.

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