Adapting your home

You might be having difficulty with some daily activities, like getting about your house or washing. If so, there may be equipment that can help or adaptations that can be made to your home.

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What equipment or adaptations might help me?

Equipment that can make things easier for you include:

  • a raised toilet seat
  • a walking stick
  • a hoist to help you get in and out of the bath safely.

Adaptations to your home can make things easier and safer for you, for example:

  • a stairlift
  • handrails for getting into your home
  • grab rails for the bathroom
  • wheelchair access, such as a ramp or wider doors.

How can I get the equipment or adaptations that I need?

Lots of equipment is provided for free or on loan, although it can sometimes take a while to get it – particularly for more complex things such as a stairlift. In these cases, you may be able to get a grant to help you buy it.

Your healthcare team will help you with getting the equipment that you need. Your district nurse should be continuously monitoring how well you are getting on with your usual daily activities.

Depending on what you are struggling with, you may also be assessed by an occupational therapist (OT) or physiotherapist. These assessments will help to determine the services, aids and adaptations that will best support you.

If you know there are some things you are finding difficult, let your health professional know and they can make sure you are assessed for the help you need.