Financial help for aids and adaptations
In England, local councils must provide aids and minor adaptations costing £1,000 or less free of charge to anyone with an eligible care need. Councils may call this community equipment.
An aid is anything that can help someone manage everyday tasks. This could be one of the following:
- an easy-to-use electric can opener
- a mattress topper to help someone sleep
- kettle tippers that make it easier to pour water.
Adaptations are physical changes that can be made to the home to make it easier to get into and then about a home. This could include:
An eligible care need is one that arises from a physical or mental illness, which means someone is unable to achieve two or more outcomes of daily living such as eating, washing or going to the toilet. And this will need to have a significant impact on their well-being.
If someone you know has arthritis they can ask their council for a free assessment to see if they're eligible for help to pay for aids and adaptations. Find out more about how someone can apply for a needs assessment.
Know your rights
We have produced two useful factsheets about people's rights around social care and housing. Click on the links below to find out more.