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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. Your council may call this community equipment.

An aid is anything that can help you manage your everyday tasks. This could be one of the following:

  • an easy-to-use electric can opener
  • a mattress topper to help you 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 your home. This could include:

  • hand rails
  • a ramp.

An eligible care need is one that arises from a physical or mental illness, which means you're 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 your well-being.

You can ask your council for a free assessment to see if you're eligible for help to pay for aids and adaptations. Find out more about how you can apply for a needs assessment.

Know your rights

We have produced two useful factsheets to tell you about your rights around social care and housing. Click on the links below to find out more.

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