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Home Adaptations

Home adaptations make carrying out daily activities easier and safer if you have a disability. They can include things such as:

  • Installing a stair lift or through floor lift
  • Widening doorways
  • Constructing a concrete ramp
  • Adapting kitchens
  • Fitting a level access shower or shower cubicle

All requests for adaptations will require an assessment by Adult Social Care. Click on the link for assessments to find out more about assessments and how you can arrange one.

Assessments - more information

Before recommending major adaptation works, we will ask you to try out any equipment that we feel may meet your needs.

Click on the link for equipment to find out what types of equipment are available.

Equipment- more information

If we find that your needs require a home adaptation, what happens next will depend on your tenancy.

a) Owner Occupiers, Registered Social Landlords

If the recommendation for adaptations is approved, it will be referred to the Home Adaptations for Independent Living (HAIL) team.

There will be a financial assessment to determine how much Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) you may be entitled to.

This means that the amount you pay towards the cost of any adaptation work will depend on your income and any savings you have, not on the overall cost of the work.

b) Council Tenants

If the recommendation for adaptations is approved, the work will be carried out by the council. You will not have to pay a contribution towards it.

Home Adaptations for Children

We will carry out an assessment as explained above, however there is no financial assessment for families of disabled children under 18.

You must apply for a Disabled Facilities Grant before you start any work.

Self-funding Home Adaptations

You can also choose to self-fund and make your own arrangements for your home adaptations.

You may wish to fund the home adaptations from your savings, equity release schemes or applying to charitable funds.

If you wish to do this it is important to note that we will not reimburse you the cost of the work.

A guide to choosing and buying Stair lifts​

Information on Adaptations

For more information on Home Adaptations for Independent Living please click on the links for the HAIL service guides below.

Home Adaptations Leaflet -PDF

Home Adaptations Leaflet - Word

HAIL Guide to information and services - PDF

HAIL Guide to information and services - Word

Guide to Designing Homes for People with Dementia - PDF

Newham Private Sector Housing Assistance Policy