Adaptations for disabilities

Updated: 18 Aug 2018
Adaptations help people to live independently
Disabled adaptation Banbridge
We carry out adaptations for people across all sectors of the housing market including the grants scheme for the private sector so that they can live comfortably in their own homes.
In 2016/17 we spent £20.4m (£8m Housing Executive, £9.5m private and £2.9m housing associations) on these adaptations.
During the year 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:
  • 95 major adaptations (including 57 extensions)
  • enhancements including 250 lifts,
  • 15 changes of heating and three internal rearrangements
  • and installed 1,157 showers and carried out 3,788 other minor adaptations.
Additionally we also approved 1,070 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 2016/17 we distributed approximately £77.8m on over 850 housing support schemes with the capacity to support over 19,000 vulnerable people. This funding allocation included the development of both new and existing support services for a range of vulnerable client groups.
Achievements included:
  • 135 contract meetings and 83 validation visits as part of our continual monitoring and reviewing of Supporting People services:these confirm if a service is meeting the minimum quality standards and whether it is still strategically relevant or requires reconfiguration as part of ongoing continuous improvement;
  • Accreditation of Supporting People providers in keeping with the agreed 3 year cycle;
  • Continued support for organisations to consider collaborative and joined up working;
  • Working in partnership with a range of homeless providers around reconfiguration and restructuring of their services portfolio in order to enhance service delivery.