My home needs adapting, so I can get around more easily

This topic is for you if you would like to stay in your home, but it must be adapted to meet your needs.

You may be unsure whether your home should be adapted or you should find an alternative place to live, which better suits your needs. A Housing Options interview can help you decide. A DVD called 'Move or Improve' on YouTube explains the process.

What can be done to make my home more suitable for my needs?

If you are having difficulty managing in your home, you may find specialist equipment sufficient for your needs. The HILDA website shows what can help for example, in your bathroom or bedroom.

As well, you can request an assessment of your needs by a council Occupational Therapist. (01875 824309). Options range from small changes such as accessible taps or grab rails to bigger projects such as installing a wet room or a stair lift. To find out more about the Occupational Therapy service, and how to get assessed, please visit our OT pages.

The Occupational Therapist will make a recommendation. This will take into account both your current and future needs.  If you are a council, housing association or private tenant the Occupational Therapist may also discuss the options with your landlord. 

It may not always be possible to adapt your existing home, but where adaptation is not feasible or recommended we will assist you to find the best solution. Information about your Housing Options can be found in Helping you to find somewhere else to live.

Small adaptations without assessment

These are free of charge and do not require an assessment. For further information please contact 01875 824309 or email:

More information relating to your tenure

Housing Options Scotland publishes a series of leaflets offering further advice.  Click on the links on their web page for more information about the adaptations process (particularly how adaptations are funded) which is relevant to the type of housing you live in.