Adaptations are usually an alteration to a home in order to help those that are disabled, or less able, to manage personal and domestic tasks. These can include larger works such as ramps, widening of doorways or a walk-in shower, to smaller items such as grab-rails, second banisters or external handrails.
We are able to access annual grant funding from the Government specifically for adaptations. We can only claim this funding if we receive a referral from an Occupational Therapist stating that this adaptation is necessary. Our funding award is limited, therefore we may have to operate a waiting list.
If you think that you would benefit from an adaptation and want to get some advice about a referral, please contact a member of the Asset Team by calling 01387 321300.
You can also self-refer to the Occupational Therapy Service of Dumfries & Galloway Council to arrange an assessment of your needs. Please call 03033 33 3001 or visit their website for more information.
Types of Adaptation
There are many types of adaptation works that can be done to improve both the quality of a person's life as well as their independence. Mobility issues can be very debilitating and may lead to a current home becoming unsuitable due to difficulties with bathing, for example.
Following a referral to the Occupational Therapist, their assessment and recommendation, and if suitable funding is available, works can be carried out. Replacing a bath with a shower unit, either level access or with a slight step, is a common and effective adaptation. Items such as non-slip flooring, grab rails, extractor fans, isolator switches and drain pumps may further complement the works in order to provide and maintain a long term safe and hygenic solution.
In certain circumstances portable hoists have been fitted to allow support workers and family to assist an individual within their own home.