Having difficulty getting around your house because of health or mobility problems?
Getting special equipment, altering your home or moving to a more suitable property
may make living at home easier for you.
If you are a council tenant, you can make some simple adaptations without a formal
assessment of your needs. Please ask for more information at your local
One Stop Shop.
If you are a home owner who can fund the adaptions yourself, you can get help and
advice from the
care and repair service.
For more complicated adaptations, you will need to request an
assessment of your needs through Social Work.
Simple adaptations for Council Tenants
We can arrange for some simple adaptations, such as rails and outside lights, to
make your home safer.
If you tend to use your radiator or towel rail to pull yourself up or steady yourself
at the toilet, a grab rail can be fitted to make this safer for you.
Internal banister rails
If you need extra support to go up or down stairs within your home, a banister can
be fitted. If needed, banister rails can be fitted on both sides of the stairs
Handrails can be fitted at your steps if you need extra support outside the house.
Handrails can be fixed to a wall or freestanding, so they can be fitted at most
A light can be fitted at your front door if you have difficulty getting around outside,
or have poor sight, and the access to your house is not well lit.
Lever taps can be fitted to your kitchen sink, bath, and wash hand basin if you find
it difficult to turn ordinary taps on and off. A different handle can also be fitted
to the toilet to make it easier to flush.
If you use a wheelchair or have difficulty bending, light switches and sockets can
be moved to a height you can reach. An extra socket for charging a wheelchair or
for medical equipment can also be fitted.
If you cannot bend down to turn the controls on your gas fire, it may be possible
to change the fire to a different model with controls at the top, or fit an electric
We will try to complete your adaptations as soon as possible, usually within four
weeks. Outside rails may take longer because they are individually made to fit your
steps. Please contact your One Stop Shop or fill out a 'Request
for minor adaptations in a Falkirk Council property' form.
- Request for minor adaptations in a Falkirk Council property
Adaptations for home owners
To get funding assistance for major adaptations, you must have an
assessment of your needs carried out by our social workers.
If you would like to fund work yourself, please contact the
care and repair service who can help you through the process.
Adaptations for Private Landlord Tenants
You should discuss any possible adaptations with your landlord before contacting
care and repair service.
Adaptations for Housing Association Tenants
Please speak to your landlord to find out if they will carry out simple adaptations.
If they can't do the adaptations you want, you will need to have an
assessment of your needs carried out.