Home adaptations could help an older person stay independent and in their own home for longer. We look at where funding for home alterations may be available, including from your local authority, and also consider the self-funding route. In many cases, a combination of funding sources might be used.
If you're wondering what kind of help would be best for your relative or friend, our Care advice tool can give you some guidance about housing options, day-to-day living arrangements and how to pay for care.
Use our Care services directory to find care homes and domiciliary care anywhere in the UK. You can also find support groups for people affected by dementia.
In this guide
Local authorities may help to fund alterations to help older people continue to live at home: we explain how to get the necessary assessments.
The Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) is available to people meeting certain eligibility criteria. We explain what these are and how to apply.
Local authorities, mainly in Northern Ireland, have discretionary powers to help with urgent home alterations, improvements and repairs. We tell you how to apply for one.
Home Improvement Agencies, also sometimes known as Staying Put or Care and Repair schemes, offer specialist support and advice for older and disabled people.
Without local authority funding, your relative may need to use their income and savings, a personal loan, benefits such as the attendance allowance, grants from charities, or equity release.
Frank has various medical problems that make mobility difficult. He has a lot of experience in getting equipment to help him live independently.
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Brian’s 97-year-old mother suffers from memory loss and would be unable to live on her own without the support of her family. She is also partially sighted and has hearing problems.
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