Whats in this section?
Whats in this section?
Managing your home
If you or a family member have a disability, home adaptations such as equipment can make life easier both now and later on.
Getting home adaptations installed can be daunting, especially if you are hiring someone to do jobs you previously did yourself. However, there are reliable tradespeople available.
If you are eligible for council support, following a care assessment, they may be able to help with minor adaptations.
If your home needs a lot of work, you may be able to apply for a Disabled Facilities Grant. Find more information on these and apply directly on the GOV website here.
Home Improvement Agencies (HIAs)
HIAs are local, not-for-profit organisations that are funded by either local authorities or central Government.
HIAs work professionally with older and disabled homeowners, providing advice, support and assistance to help them adapt their home to meet their changing needs.
Most HIAs provide three main services:
- Information and advice on repairs or adaptations you may be considering. This usually entails a visit to your home, and is often free.
- A ‘handy person service’ for small jobs and repairs. Typically the HIA will employ its own handyperson or handyman, and charge you an hourly rate for their services.
- A ‘home adaptations service’ for more major works. The HIA will work with you to specify the adaptations needed, and they will normally offer to get estimates from one or more of their regular contractors. Subject to your acceptance, the HIA will then offer to manage the works contract for you for an agreed fee.
HIAs may also be helpful if you are not sure you can afford the home adaptations or repairs you need.
HIAs can also advise on your eligibility for grants and if necessary put you in touch with independent financial advisers.
Finding a contractor
Buy with confidence provides details of local, reliable and reputable contractors to carry out housing repairs and maintenance.
Telecare (Assistive Technologies)
Telecare (or assistive technology) is equipment that can detect falls, inactivity, smoke, flooding, gas or extreme temperatures in the home.
Alerts for telecare devices are triggered by sensors in the home and are received either by:
- trained operators at a 24-hour call centre
- or directly by a relative or carer.
Some devices can also help monitor particular health conditions and reduce the need for hospital admissions.
Telecare home adaptations can help users remain independent, leaving relatives and carers safe in the knowledge that should an incident occur, they will know about it.
Telecare can help restore confidence for people who feel vulnerable in their own homes for a variety of reasons – whether this is due to living alone, frailty or the need to summon help in an emergency.
These devices can be used either as:
- A short-term measure during a period of convalescence
- Or for on-going peace of mind.
You can nominate a relative, carer, neighbour or friend to be a responder. As a responder, they need to be able to get to the location of the alarm if the response centre contacts them. They must be able to take appropriate action and live within a reasonable distance.
You can buy telecare and assistive technology from private companies and organisations or if you’re eligible through an assessment your local council may be able to provide it for you.