Creating Independence with Disability Adaptations

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Currently, there are more than 11 million disabled people in the UK. Whether it’s yourself, or someone you live with, or a family member, that requires additional support, disability adaptations around the home may be the most practical way to help you live more comfortably.


Even for those having lived their lives without the need for additional support, as we get older, adapting our homes to our needs will undoubtedly come to the forefront of our minds, as we wish to stay as independent as ever. It may be something that we don’t want to think about, but a staggering one in every six people will be affected by disability at some point in their lives.

Common alterations to make a home suitable for someone with a disability or limited mobility include;

  • Widening doorways and passageways
  • Installing grab rails for support
  • Moving light switches, door handles, doorbells and entry phones to convenient heights
  • Setting up alert devices for those hard of hearing
  • Adapting bathroom facilities (e.g. raised toilet, back rest against the toilet cistern, level deck shower, bath with hoist, hand basin at appropriate height)
  • Installing a stair lift
  • Replacing steps with ramps for easier access
  • Ensuring that external approaches such as paths or driveways have a firm and level surface
  • Relocating bathroom or bedroom facilities to ground-floor level

If you, or someone else living in your home are experiencing difficulties with everyday activities, and this need is verified by a Health & Social Services Trust Occupational Therapist or a designated member of housing staff, you may be eligible for help to adapt your home.

Are you eligible for a Disabled Facilities Grant?
According to the Money Advice Service, you can apply for a Disabled Facilities Grant if your local authority is satisfied that the work you’re having done is necessary and appropriate for your needs.
This usually involves an assessment by an occupational therapist.
The grants are means-tested (unless you’re applying for a disabled child under the age of 17), so the local authority will take into account any income and savings that you and your partner have.

John O’Connell Building Solutions have worked extensively in building adaptations, and we understand the transformational value of adequate disabled access and facilities. Our team will work closely with you to ensure your home is tailored to your specific needs; from accessible kitchen and bathroom adaptations, to ramps and lifts.

Disability Adaptations Before & After

Disability Adaptations We Cover

  • Door Widening
  • Grab Rails
  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Wet Rooms
  • Stair Lifts
  • Ramps and Steps

When you work with John O’Connell Building Solutions, you can be assured that we are a Constructionline accredited contractor and approved for Local Authority contracts. We will only ever use Gas Safe and NICEIC qualified contractors and our workforce includes our own fully insured team of building professionals who work to safe and clean site standards.

If you would like to discuss Disability Adaptations, or get some professional advice, please call us on 01206 396667 or send us an email on for a FREE, no-obligation discussion.

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