People with disabilities or significant health needs living in the community may require adaptations to their home or mobility aids in order to retain their independence. A health and social care assessment or assessment of need is usually conducted by local social service departments to ascertain the adaptations or aids needed.

Adaptations refer to alterations to the structure or construction of a building intended to accommodate the needs of a service user with a physical or sensory disability. Aids take the form of equipment, such as wheelchairs.

Many different items of equipment and types of adaptation are available, from simple ramps to allow wheelchairs access up steps to lifts that can move a service user access to different floors.

Related information can be found in the topics on Telecare, Equipment and Moving and Handling.

Further information about inclusive design and disability needs in residential care can be found in the Disabled Access and Mobility in the Care Home topic.

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