If you are looking for housing, the local social services department will tell you what supported housing is available in your area and where you can find this.
The support you are entitled to may include a personal assistant, special equipment, adaptations to your house or extra security such as an emergency help line.
Many disabled people are very independent and don’t like to rely on family and carers to help them in their day-to-day living. Houses can be adapted so you can run your own home and live an independent life.
There are all sorts of adaptations that can be made such as having an intercom on your front door, making doors wider, ramps, stair lift etc. If you live in council accommodation then contact the housing department to arrange the changes for you.
Disabled Living Foundation
The Disabled Living Foundation believe that everybody has the right to be equal and independent, has the power to choose and to live their life to its full potential.
Specialist equipments and adaptations can change someone’s quality of life. Providing the right equipment can mean you can be independent and don’t have to reply on other people.
The Disabled Living Foundation provides information on disability equipment, household gadgets and new techniques. There is a telephone help line, contact 0845 130 9177.
Who can help?
Contact your local housing department to find out what modifications you are entitled to and to apply for them to be installed.
Disabled Living Foundation is a UK national charity working for greater independence for disabled people, providing equipment advice and information. Visit their site at www.dlf.org.uk/ or call their helpline on 0845 130 9177 for more information.
For more help and advice about housing if you are hearing impaired, try the RNID (Royal National Institute for the Deaf) website.