This advice and information was developed to support residents who intend to self-fund a disabled facilities adaption.

If you are not eligible for a Disabled Facilities Grant or do not want to complete the financial means test, you can use the following advice and information to assist in arranging and self-funding a suitable home adaption for the person with the disability.

Access to and from properties

An access adaption might be required when a person cannot access the property safely, either independently or with an appropriate level of assistance from someone else, using a prescribed mobility aid such as a walking stick or frame.


A stairlift installation might be required if a person has significant difficulty with the stairs or cannot climb or descend the stairs. However, opting to have a stairlift installed before a person cannot use stairs can be a practical and cost-effective option in the long term to allow them to remain safe and independent in their home for longer.

Accessible bathrooms

A bathroom adaption might be required when a person cannot maintain their personal hygiene safely and independently with the current facilities, for instance, due to restricted mobility or dexterity. There are several different options that could make their daily life easier and promote their safety and independence in their home.

Other questions

Most adaptions should be straightforward and easily manageable by builders who can identify the different options available for you if you are clear about what you want to achieve. However, if you have a question that is not covered here, we may be able to provide further advice to you. Contact us with your question using our online form