If you need to help with a house adaption or have an elderly or disabled relative who needs their house adapting, FinalFix have years of building experience in that area of work. We have adapted dozens of houses for satisfied customers in Tameside and Greater Manchester. Adapting a house can make a huge difference to elderly or disabled persons quality of life and we are proud to have completed previous work for customers to a high standard.
Home adaptations are changes you can make to your home. These make it safer and easier to move around and do everyday tasks.
These changes can be small or big and include:
- fitting a stairlift or a banister on the stairs
- adding a bath lift, walk-in shower or a rail you hold to pull yourself out of the bath (grab rail)
- widening doorways
- lowering kitchen worktops
- putting in an outdoor ramp or step rail
- security, such as outside lights and intercom systems
Please note that registered disabled are VAT exempt
Further House Adaption Options
- Ramp Access
- Floor leveling
- Door Widening
- Rehang doors
- Moving door handles
- Moving light swicthes
- Bathroom handrail
- Second banister
- Walk in shower
- Ground floor bathroom fitting
- Installing a wetroom
- Ground floor extensions
Your house can be transformed into a far safer living environment with simple additions to your home.
With the addition of handrails a ramp to your front and back doors will make a life lot easier on wet or icy days.
Bathroom and Shower handrails
Adding the handrails will make bathing a lot easier and safer.
Walk-in baths have a door built into the side of the bath, so you don’t have to haul your body over and risk a fall. They come in a range of shapes and sizes, from short walk-in baths with a small door, designed for sitting in, to long baths with a whole side panel that opens out, suitable for those who like a long soak lying down.
The main drawback with walk-in baths is that you have to get inside before you start running the water. You therefore need to ensure your bathroom is kept at a warm temperature, so you don’t get cold while waiting for the bath to fill. You also have to wait until the water has drained away before opening the door to get out.
Baths with a built-in seat
These baths have a seat moulded into the bath itself, at the opposite end to the taps. They have the same purpose as portable bath seats – allowing you to sit half-immersed in the bath – but have the added advantage of not looking institutional and of not having a maximum weight capacity.
Baths with integral seats tend to be more comfortable than portable bath seats, as the latter normally have drainage holes or slats.
However, as with portable seats, you will still need some arm strength to move yourself from the seat into the bath itself and to get out of the bath. Also, these baths aren’t really suitable for reclining in, as the seat often gets in the way.
Read more about the different portable bath seats available in our guide to bath seats, boards and mats.
If you struggle to climb over the rim of your bath, and don’t mind the water being shallow, consider buying a bath that’s lower than the standard height. This might still require some agility and strength, but less than with standard-sized baths.
Getting up and down on the toilet is a lot easier with this type of handrail.
Door widening for wheelchair access
Increasing the width of doors with a house occupied for someone using a wheelchair is essential. The ability to move around the house unhindered gives them far more independence.
Showering is a lot easier when you don’t have to clamber over the side of a bath or through sliding doors. A wet room allows a disabled person more dependence and combined with some handrails making it a safe room to bath in.
Walk-in showers for the elderly
As using a bath becomes progressively more difficult, many people opt for a walk-in shower or a standalone shower cubicle to replace the bath, which can be more practical – and less time-consuming – for everyday washing.
Most showers have a shower tray at the bottom to contain the water before it drains away. Shower tray heights vary, but some have a step that’s more difficult to negotiate. If so, consider getting a walk-in shower (also called ‘level-access’ showers) or wet-floor area/room.
Walk-in showers are essentially showers without a step that you could potentially trip on. These are the best option for most people with mobility concerns. These often come with drainage pumps and/or sloped or ramped floors to minimise water leaking through the shower doors into the rest of the bathroom.
FinalFix can assist with the planning permission and designs on extensions. If you are interested in a no obligation quote on an extension and want to see some of our previous work click here.
Your home may need to be adapted to meet your child’s needs, you may be able to get a Disabled Facilities Grant to help with the costs.
Usually, an occupational therapist will talk to you to work out what adaptations would be best for your child.
Take a look at this house adaption we recently worked on in Bramhall here.
Give us a call on 0161 465 9112 if you want to chat about your ideas for a house adaption.
If you need assistance in funding for house adaption take a look at this helpful advice here.