Home Adaptations and Aids for Disabled People

There is a range of options available which may make your and/or your carer's everyday life much easier and safer.  These can range from small things such as jar openers, grab sticks, long handled shoe horns, talking clocks or personal alarms to larger home adaptations such as a stair lift, extension or a level access shower. 

If you visit Staffordshire Cares website you can view a range of products that you might find useful.  If you think you may need a home adaptation and want help with the cost of this, read the information below to find out more about our Disabled Facilities Grants:

What are Disabled Facilities Grants?

A Disabled Facilities Grant is funding to help a disabled person adapt their home to make it easier and safer to live in.

  1. The works must be necessary and appropriate. This will need to be discussed between the disabled person and an Occupational Therapist.

  2. It must also be reasonable and practicable to carry out the works - this often depends on the age, condition and layout of the property.

Subject to the above, the following are examples of works that may be available:

  • facilitating access to and from the dwelling or the building in which the dwelling or, as the case may be, flat is situated; 

  •  facilitating access to a room used or usable as the principal family room; 

  •  facilitating access to a room used or usable for sleeping, or alternatively providing such a room for the disabled occupant;

  •  facilitating access to a room in which there is a lavatory, a bath or shower (or both) and a wash basin or providing a room in which there is such a facility or facilities; 

  • facilities for the preparation and cooking of food; and 

  • facilitating access to and from the garden and make access safe.

Grants are available towards disabled adaptations to most types of living accommodation, including mobile homes and houseboats

Who can apply?

You must be either the owner or tenant of the property.  You do not have to be the disabled person for whom the works are required - It is possible for a landlord to apply on behalf of a disabled tenant.

To start the process you will need an assessment from an Occupational Therapist (OT).

If the adaptations are for a child you can arrange for an assessment by contacting Children and Families Services at Staffordshire County Council on 0800 13 13 126 (Monday to Thursday 8.30am-5.00pm and Friday 8.30am-4.30pm) or email  firstr@staffordshire.gov.uk.

If the adaptations are for an adult you should contact Staffordshire Cares :-

  • Web site: staffordshirecares
  • Phone: 0300 111 8010 to speak to a Staffordshire Cares Advisor
  • Text/SMS (for people with a hearing impairment): 07814 194 111
  • Minicom users: 01785 276207"

If the OT supports your application they will send a referral to the Council.  Depending on the number of referrals received and the budget available the Council may operate a waiting list and you will be advised of this upon receipt of the referral.

Applying for a grant, arranging contractors, gaining planning permission and informing Building Control (where needed) can be complicated.  Therefore, we usually suggest that applicants use the services of Revival Home Improvement Agency who can help you through this process.  They will charge a small fee on the completion of the work but this is normally covered by the grant awarded.  Once the Council is in a position to proceed with your referral it will pass your details onto Revival who will then contact you about completing an application form for a Disabled Facilities Grant.  If you do not want the help of Revival then you should contact the Council for an application form so that you can apply yourself.

Once the Council is satisfied that the work is needed, the necessary permissions have been gained and the cost of works is reasonable, we will approve your application. 

Only after approval can your contractor/installer start the work.  Your contractor will need to invoice Stafford Borough Council for payment.  This is usually done on completion of the work but in limited circumstances may be done in instalments.  You must not start any works until the grant is approved as the Council is not able to pay grant monies retrospectively.

If you live in a social rented property, you should speak to your landlord first as sometimes they can make adaptations as part of their planned maintenance to the property.  You may also need their permission to proceed with any works.

How much can I get?

The amount of grant you can get will be decided by a test of resources. This takes into account the income and capital of the disabled person (and their spouse). If the grant is for the benefit of a disabled person who is under the age of 19 and dependent (e.g. still lives at home), then the test of resources will not be applied. The current limit for a Disabled Facilities Grant is a maximum of £30,000.