Changes to your home

If you have a disability, illness or health condition, you might benefit from a change to your home. These changes are often called adaptations.

About adaptations

An adaptation is a change to your home that makes life easier for you. 

This could be:

  • installing a handrail
  • widening a door
  • installing equipment for people with a hearing or visual impairment
  • replacing a bath with a level access shower

Adaptations are free, if all 3 of the following apply:

  • you live in a property owned by the council
  • you have a physical disability, mental health condition or illness
  • you have difficulty undertaking normal daily activities

If you own your home, rent privately or are a housing association tenant in Brighton & Hove, you may be able to get help towards the cost of adapting your home. 

Find out if you could apply for a disabled facilities grant.

To apply for a Disabled Facilities Grant, send an email to adaptations@brighton-hove.gov.uk

How much adaptations cost

Adaptations that cost:

  • less than £1,000 (minor adaptations) are free for people who we’ve assessed as eligible
  • more than £1,000 (major adaptations) may be funded or part funded by the council

To check if you can get an adaptation, ask for an assessment from Adult Social Care.

Get help choosing adaptations

If you own or rent your home, the Mears Home Improvement Service can help you choose adaptations and housing options

Contact us

For more information, or to request an assessment, send an email to the Access Point at accesspoint@brighton-hove.gov.uk or phone 01273 29 55 55. 

Access point will take details of the difficulties you have, and give you standard equipment or adaptations. If this does not meet your needs they will pass you onto the most appropriate place.