If you or a member of your family are having difficulty getting around your home due to a physical disability, sensory impairment or old age, you can request an assessment for equipment and adaptations to make it easier for you to live independently.

Apply

If you're a First Choice Homes tenant, please contact the FCHO Disability Living Service on 0161 393 7117 and press option 2.

If you are a Housing Association tenant, please contact your landlord in the first instance for consideration of any requests for adaptations.

For everyone else, please contact the Community Occupational Therapy team on 0161 770 2300 to arrange an assessment.

You can also make a referral by completing our online form:

About the assessment

The Duty Occupational Therapist will ask you questions to get a clearer picture of the difficulties that you are having (e.g. bathing, climbing stairs, or transferring from a chair to a bed), advise you about eligibility, and tell you about other services that may be available.

You will be advised if you need to bring any information to your assessment.

An appointment is made for you between Monday and Friday 9.00am – 4.00pm.

The assessment is at the Link Centre at 140 Union Street - but home assessments are possible for exceptional circumstances.

There may be a delay before an assessment can be made - you will be advised how long you may have to wait.

If you cannot provide adaptations yourself and need the assistance of the Council there may be a wait for equipment and adaptations due to demand.

The Community Occupational Therapy team advises the Council and housing providers on the urgency of your needs.

How are adaptations carried out?

How the adaptations are done to your home depends on where you live.

Minor adaptations e.g. grab rails, stair rails

Your landlord will arrange to fit the minor adaptations.

FCHO also employ Trusted Assessors who can assess and order low level equipment and adaptations.

Following your assessment, the Community Occupational Therapy team may ask equipment suppliers or the Council’s Technical Officer to visit you at home to provide you advice.

Major adaptations e.g. level access, showers, lifts, ramps

Major adaptations in privately owned, privately rented or other Housing Association properties are considered for funding through the Disabled Facilities Grant.

Disabled Facilities Grant

The recommendation of the Community Occupational Therapy team will be sent to FCHO to be considered for approval against their existing guidelines.

If the request is approved, then FCHO will order and complete the work.

If the request is refused you can appeal, or you can get help to find a more suitable FCHO home.

Minor adaptations e.g. grab rails, stair rails

Your landlord will arrange to fit the minor adaptations.

Let the Community Occupational Therapy team know when the equipment has been delivered or the work has been completed.

Major adaptations e.g. level access, showers, lifts, ramps

Major adaptations in privately owned, privately rented or other Housing Association properties are considered for funding through the Disabled Facilities Grant.

Disabled Facilities Grant

Proportionate Grant

If your assessment identifies a piece of equipment and/or adaptation to meet your needs within the existing boundaries of your home but you would prefer to do something different (e.g. build an extension) you can apply for a Proportionate Grant.

Your Community Occupational Therapy assessor will provide you with details, and a Technical Officer will guide you through the procedure once your case has been allocated.

Minor adaptations e.g. grab rails, stair rails

Minor adaptations are done through the Council’s minor adaptations contract.

Major adaptations e.g. level access, showers, lifts, ramps

Major adaptations in privately owned, privately rented or other Housing Association properties are considered for funding through the Disabled Facilities Grant.

Disabled Facilities Grant

Proportionate Grant

If your assessment identifies a piece of equipment and/or adaptation to meet your needs within the existing boundaries of your home but you would prefer to do something different (e.g. build an extension) you can apply for a Proportionate Grant.

Your Community Occupational Therapy assessor will provide you with details, and a Technical Officer will guide you through the procedure once your case has been allocated.