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Adapting your home

Making adaptations to your home to help you live independently can ease your situation and make a big difference to your quality of life.

The Green family The Green family were supported by the RAF Benevolent Fund when we bought the family a house and adapted it to make getting around easier for dad Steve who suffers from a spinal injury.

Adaptations can include changes to your home to improve access, such as the installation of wheelchair ramps, stairlifts, level-access showers, widening of door frames or improving ground-floor facilities.

Local authorities have a statutory responsibility to help people with a disability to live independently at home through awarding a disabled facilities grant, or if you live in Scotland via a home improvement grant.

Before we can help you, you will need to provide us with a letter from your local authority indicating that you have applied for a disabled facilities grant and outlining the extent of assistance they will be giving you, if any.

If the amount of help they are giving you does not cover the full cost of the equipment or adaptations  you need, we may be able to help you pay the additional cost with a grant, although in some cases we may offer assistance by giving you a long-term low-interest loan instead.

If you haven't already had a visit from an occupational therapist to assess your situation, we can arrange one for you but please remember that we can only assist with adaptations that are recommended by an occupational therapist.

We can also help out financially if there is a long delay in getting the equipment or adaptations you need from your local authority.

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Enquire about receiving help or call our free support line on 0800 169 2942.

 

Annie Devine was just 24 when a debilitating condition left her paralysed and confined to a wheelchair. Read Annie's story.

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