Adaptations for disabilities

Updated: 18 Nov 2018
Adaptations help people to live independently
Disabled adaptation Banbridge
We carry out adaptations for people across all sectors of the housing market. This includes the grants scheme for the private sector so that people can live comfortably in their own homes.
  • In 2017/2018 we spent £23.6 million on adaptations.
  • This included £10.8 million on Housing Executive homes, 10.5 million on private sector homes, and 2.3 million on housing association homes.
  • We continued to provide considerable assistance to allow many of our tenants to maintain their independence and live more comfortably in their own homes.
  • We carried out:
                   - 178 major adaptation extensions surpassing the target of 175
                   - 277 lift installations
                   - 1,137 shower installations
                   - 4,093 other minor adaptation
  • We also approved 1,098 Disability Facilities Grants to help private sector householders live independently in their homes.
Inter-Departmental Review of Adaptations
The Adaptations Policy Unit submitted the Inter-Departmental Review of Adaptations Final Report and Action Plan to departmental leads for ministerial clearance prior to presentation to Northern Ireland Executive. The purpose was to review the current system of approval, resources and delivery of housing adaptations in Northern Ireland on a cross tenure basis, to maximise resources, ensure best value and equality of provision across Health and Social Care Trusts and housing providers.
Both the Design Standards Toolkit and a summary of the Inter-Departmental Review of Adaptations consultation responses were launched by the Ministers for the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety and the Department for Social Development in April 2014.
You can read more about this at:
Supporting People
During 2017/18 we distributed approximately £73.8m to over 850 housing support schemes
These had the capacity to support almost 20,000 vulnerable people. This funding allocation included the development of both new and existing support services for a range of vulnerable client groups.