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Adapting Your Home

What is a home adaptation?

If you are finding it difficult to live safely at home there are changes you can make to your property to make life easier. These can help you stay independent longer. 

Types of adaptations are:

  • a ramp
  • a stair lift or through-floor lift
  • level access shower
  • wider doors
  • altering your kitchen
  • improving access to a bedroom or bathroom.

Finding your best option 

An occupational therapist can visit you in your home to:

  • find out your day-to-day living difficulties 
  • give advice on options to help which may include adapting your home.

Paying for adaptations

You may qualify for a Disabled Facilities Grant| to help with the cost if you live:

  • in your own home
  • with your family 
  • in a privately-rented or housing association home 

or if you are:

  • the parent or guardian of a disabled child
  • the landlord of a disabled 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.

If adapting your home is not possible

You may be entitled to a Relocation Grant to move home if you qualify for a Disabled Facilities Grant and one of the following applies:

  • the adaptations are not practicable
  • major work is needed and it would be better and more cost effective to move
  • you are a tenant and the landlord refused the work.

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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