Adapting your home
If you, or a member of your family, are having difficulty getting around your home due to a physical disability, sensory impairment or old age, you can request an occupational therapy (OT) assessment to assess your needs which may result in suggesting different techniques, advice, or the provision of equipment or adaptations to enable you to live independently.
How to apply
If you have not been in contact with us before, or if it has been some time since you have been assessed, please contact the Adult Social Care Helpdesk in the first instance. The helpdesk can discuss the referral and assessment process with you. We are open from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
All referrals to the OT service are prioritised according to county guidelines. The council will meet the needs of service users as defined in The Care Act 2014.
What can I expect from the assessment?
The OT service will work with you to identify what issues are important to you. We will:
- Help you to achieve a balance between your self-care, work and leisure activities.
- Advise you on suitable housing and ways of adapting your home to meet your needs.
- Help you to remain at home for as long as you are able to do so.
- Make the best use of the money we have available.
- Offer advice on benefits you may be entitled to.
Further advice about home adaptations
You can find further information and advice on aids and adaptations that are available on the Mobility Equipment pages of the Your Circle website.
Is there a charge for equipment and adaptations?
The assessment and advice is free and some items of equipment and adaptations may also be free. However, if your assessment suggests that you need extensive adaptations which are not funded by supported living, they may be subject to a means test. You will be advised of this during your assessment.