Living independently

Occupational therapy aids and adaptations

If you or someone in your family finds it difficult getting around your home due to a physical disability, sensory impairment or old age, you can request an assessment for equipment and adaptations to make it easier for you to live independently. 


You must be permanently resident in your own home, and have a disability which:

  • has lasted or is likely to last for at least 12 months with no prospect of significant improvement.
  • significantly affects your ability to carry out the activities of daily living in the home, or imposes a burden on your carer or family.

A person is disabled if:

  • their sight, hearing or speech is substantially impaired.
  • they have a mental disorder or impairment of any kind.
  • they are physically substantially disabled by illness, injury, impairment present since birth or otherwise.

Request an assessment

You can request an assessment yourself or a family member, friend or health professional can do it for you. By completing the assessment form you accept the Adult Services and Health Privacy Policy.

Request an assessment

What happens next?

A member of the occupational therapy team will review your information. We may telephone you to obtain some further information or to discuss your needs in a bit more detail.

If we decide that you need minor aids and adaptations then we can order them for you. We'd aim to get your new equipment to you within four weeks of this telephone call. Most minor aids are free of charge.

If we decide that one of our team needs to assess you in your home, we'll put you on our waiting list and contact you to let you know how long you will have to wait for an appointment. There's high demand for this service but when placing you on the waiting list we will take into consideration how urgent your need is.

Do I need to pay?

The assessment and advice is free and some items of equipment and adaptations are also free.  However, if your assessment suggests that you need extensive adaptations which are not funded by supported living, they may be subject to a means test.  You will be advised of this during your assessment. 

If we think you need major adaptations - for instance a level access shower, stair lift, through ceiling lift or ground floor extensions - we will help you apply for financial help to pay for them.

You may also be entitled to a Disabled Facilities Grant to help with costs for adapting your home.

Advice on the aids or adaptations


If you are looking for advice on what to buy, the Disabled Living Foundation’s AskSARA website allows you to do this, providing advice on the aids or adaptations that best fit your needs and budget.

The site asks questions about your health and abilities and, based on your answers, tells you what aids and adaptations may help, where to buy them and how much they cost.

Liverpool Disabled Living Centre

Liverpool Disabled Living Centre offers free independent information, assessment and advice on equipment.

You can try out a range of equipment - please call to book in advance on 0151 296 7733, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.

The centre is just one of the services provided by Liverpool Lifehouse, a partnership between the council and Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust.

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