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Home adaptations - information and advice

Your home can be adapted to make life easier and safer. This usually costs much less than moving into a new house or care home and involves far less upheaval.

Our top ten things to think about will help you to plan your future care, even if you don't need support at the moment.

There are many ways in which your home can be adapted. For example:

  • putting in ramps or handrails so it is easier to get in and around the home
  • widening doors or putting in a stair lift so it is easier to move between rooms
  • altering bathroom and kitchen fittings to bring them to wheelchair height
  • adapting heating controls or light switches so they are easier to use

Many adaptations are relatively simple and inexpensive, but can make a big difference. For example, a handrail up the stairs might be all that is needed to help you get safely to the bathroom.

Advice on home adaptations

Age UK has helpful advice on adapting your home including an informative guide.

Alzheimer's Society has advice on home adaptations for those with memory loss and dementia.

Dorset Accessible Homes Service can advise on adaptations, including getting the work done and applying for grants if you are disabled or over 50 and live in Dorset (but not in Bournemouth or Poole).

Social housing

If you live in social housing, your housing provider may be able to help with adaptations, so contact them first.

Finding a trader

The Buy with Confidence​ scheme can help you to find a local trader who can carry out home adaptations.

Sight and hearing

Sight and hearing centres offer advice about home adaptations if you have a sight or hearing impairment. Like Independent Living Centres, these offer an opportunity to see and try out specialist equipment and get advice. Alternatively, one of our occupational therapists can visit you at home to talk about what you might need.

Further information

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