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Independent living

Homes may need to be adapted to meet people’s changing needs for them to remain in their own home for as long as possible. These are often minor works but can be more substantial.

The adaptations installed can range from showers and stair lifts to grab rails and ramps. In social housing, adapted homes that become vacant are particularly important to meet the needs of disabled people in need of a suitable home.

Some local authorities have developed Accessible Housing Registers to be able to match people’s needs with suitable homes. This requires local authorities and housing associations to keep up to date information on their stock and people’s needs.