A Guide To Making Your Home More Accessible For The Newly Disabled

Those who have lived all or most of their lives with a disability learn to adapt and acclimatise. But if you’ve recently been rendered disabled or mobility impaired by accident, injury or illness it can cause you to view your beloved and familiar home very differently. Suddenly where you once saw creature comforts all you see is hazard, danger and endless causes for frustration. Fortunately, however, with a few modifications your home can be rendered far more disabled friendly and accessible. There are a range of government grants and funding options to help you to make your home feel like home again, and here are some important areas in which you should spend...

Keeping yourself warm

Lots of disabilities which impair mobility, arthritis for example, can be exacerbated by cold and damp weather. Thus, as autumn sets in it’s vital that your home remains warm and dry for your comfort and quality of life. But before you start getting a double glazing quote or thinking about investing in a new boiler, make sure that you apply for the appropriate grants. In keeping your home warm and dry, it’s not only essential to reevaluate your winters and ensure that your boiler is able to cope with the coming rigours of autumn and winter, you should also consider your cavity wall insulation, your loft insulation and your radiators. Check out this range of affordable warmth grants.

The little things

In many low maintenance and minimalist homes, it’s the little things that make a big difference. So it is with making your home more accessible. Very often, the little changes and adaptations will end up making the most difference in our day to day lives. The addition of ramps to your doors and the replacement of your existing taps with lever taps and the addition of handrails to key areas of the home will make a universe of difference with a minimum of disruption. If you live in England, following an assessment, you will be able to get up to £1,000 worth of minor alterations like this made to your home free of charge. If you live in Scotland, the allowance is slightly higher at £1,500. For those in Wales and Northern Ireland your local authority will determine your allowance.

Funding the big things

Depending on the nature and extent of your disability, you may require more extensive modifications to your home. Here you will need to apply for the Disabled Facilities Grant. This is a more robust grant with a maximum award of up to £30,000 in England, £36,000 in Wales or £25,000 in Northern Ireland. If you live in Scotland your local authority will determine your grant allowance and so awards are more variable. Nonetheless, this grant can ge a Godsend if you need to;

  • Widen doorways to allow easier wheelchair access
  • Install a stairlift
  • Adapt or replace washing or toilet facilities
  • Install a through the floor lift
  • Facilitate easier kitchen use
  • Adapt controls for heating and lighting

Whatever the nature of your disability, you deserve a home that works for your needs.