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Adapting Your Home

What is a home adaptation?

If you are disabled or have a long term illness you can adapt your home to make things easier for you or your carer.

Types of adaptations are:

  • a ramp
  • a stair lift
  • level access shower
  • wider doors
  • wheelchair-accessible ground floor bedroom or bathroom.

How can we help?

An occupational therapist can visit you in your home to:

  • look at the difficulties you are having with everyday living tasks
  • give advice on help available. This may include adapting your home.

Paying for adaptations

You may be entitled to a Disabled Facilities Grant| if you:

  • own the home you live in
  • are a private tenant
  • are a housing association tenant.

You must receive certain benefits or have a financial assessment.

If you live in a property owned by Bournemouth Borough Council, an occupational therapist| refers details of your needs to Housing Landlord Services who decide if the request meets their criteria. If it does, they will arrange for a contractor to carry out the work.

Other help if funding is not available

Help and Care is a local registered charity and an accredited home improvement agency. They can provide technical advice and support to homeowners and private sector tenants. They charge a fee for this service.

Help and Care also hold a list of checked and approved trades people.

Phone them on 0845 4500 418, visit their website| or email them at |

How to apply for an adaptation

Contact Bournemouth Care Direct to ask for an assessment by an occupational therapist or complete our online form|.

An occupational therapist will visit you at home to assess your needs.

If we recommend an adaptation, we will advise how the work might be funded.



Related Information


Postal Address Bournemouth Care Direct,
Customer Services Centre,
St Stephens Road, Bournemouth, Dorset
Telephone Number 01202 454979
Fax Number 01202 454975
Email address Care Direct
Out of Hours Telephone Number

Out of Hours:
01202 657279

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