If your older family member is finding it hard to get around the house, don’t despair. There may be ways of making and funding home adaptations in Dorset so that they can live independently for longer.
Take a look at our suggestions here on ideas for home adaptations that can help prevent falls and make life easier generally.
Where to get help on funding home adaptations in Dorset
For people living in the Dorset Council area, the Dorset County website has information to get you started with home adaptations.
Moving home is a big decision. Housing Option Services exist across most of the Dorset Council area. They provide older and disabled people with information, specialist advice and practical support. So that should help enable them to make informed choices about whether to move to a more suitable house or to stay in their existing home.
Of course adapting it may not always be the best solution. There may be other adapted homes or ones more suitable for adaptation that would suit their needs better
The Dorset Accessible Homes Service (DAHS) is locally based, with offices in Dorchester and Blandford Forum. It works on behalf of Dorset Council and is available to anyone in the Dorset Council area.
As well as providing practical help with home adaptations, repairs and improvements, the service offers free advice, support and information.
- Checking whether you are entitled to any financial help
- Housing options
- Deciding on home adaptations that might help
- Carrying out minor repairs
- Making home more energy efficient
Elsewhere in Dorset
If you’re a disabled resident in the Bournemouth Christchurch Poole Council area, there may be a grant to help fund home improvements
Or East Boro’s Handy Man Repairs Service provides practical help and support around the home. And there are no hefty labour charges. Just pay for the materials used for the repairs. For all general maintenance and repairs, the Handy Man Repairs Service should be able to help.