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Q - "Howz is showing my Mum is more active than she used to be during the night. I am thinking a grab rail between her bedroom and bathroom might be a good idea? How do I go about it?"

A - If you're certain of your mother's needs it can be as simple as calling your local authority and they will assist you in reaching a decision. The equipment will then be arranged for delivery to your home and you can have immediate access to raised toilet seats, commodes and walking aids. However, your situation does make reference to a grab rail which falls under 'Minor Adaptations', an outline of which has been provided below for your convenience.

Minor adaptations

If the needs are classed as a 'minor adaptation', typically these changes will come under £1000 and can be funded by the council. Don't be afraid to give them a call and ask, you may be entitled to more than you realise.

In some instances this can also be organised over the phone but if you would prefer a meeting face to face, a visit to your home can be arranged. During this visit a thorough assessment will be carried out to determine the needs of the individual.

Equipment that falls under Minor Adaptations includes:

Major adaptations

Whereas when the need is a little more advanced there may be a financial contribution required from yourself. (Funding is still available in certain circumstances but you will need to complete an application for a 'Disabled Facilities Grant')

In this situation a home visit is mandatory to discuss in detail the adaptations that will assist in your daily needs and help retain your independence

Examples of Major Adaptations include:

  • Wider doorways
  • Downstairs bathrooms
  • Wet rooms
  • Wider doorways

To get this process underway, search for your local council today through the link provided and explore the services they have on offer:

https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council

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