Adaptations and improvements
Being able to live independently in your home is vital for feeling both safe and happy in your home.
We want to empower you to do just that. We can install minor adaptations according to your unique needs. For major adaptations, whilst ForHousing can provide approval in line with our Adaptations policy, these will be carried out by the local authority accessible accommodation service.
ForHousing is proud to work in partnership with Occupational Therapy, who’ll carry out an assessment and help us find the right equipment or you.
If this sounds like something you think would be great for you, or for your community, please contact us.
Specialist advice can be found through your local authority, Community Occupational Therapy or a specialist housing service.
What is a minor adaption?
Minor adaptions are fixed alterations that are usually low cost. This includes:
- Grab rails
- Bannister rails
- Key safes
- Alterations to stairs or steps
- Fold down rails
- And hearing loop systems
We can provide you a more detailed list, including more complex items, so please reach out to us if you’d like to know more.
What is a major adaption?
A major adaption would be alterations that are on the larger scale. It can cover internal, and external changes, to your home.
- Widening of doors
- The level of essential kitchen work surfaces
- Ceiling track hoist
- Changing the layout of a room
- A level access shower
Sometimes, it might be better to explore an alternative home that’s more suited to your needs. We can support you in finding the perfect place for you to live, so don’t hesitate to contact us for more help.
What about equipment?
An alternative to adaptions can be equipment that helps you live your life more independently.
Usually, this is loaned by your local authority. Some examples include:
- Toileting equipment like bedpans
- Mobile hoists or transfer boards
- Bath seats, cushions, and shower chairs
- Television amplifiers
- Trolleys and tables
- Vibrating alarm clocks
If you have any questions about adaptions please reach out to us and we can chat about the right solution for you.
Sometimes, we may identify that your home may need improvement works. We’ll always write to you to discuss what this means. It could be work inside or outside of your home.
We’ll carry out a survey before we begin any work, helping us to determine what improvements may be needed to keep your home as secure, safe and comfortable as possible.
We are passionate about being the best landlord we can be, and hitting the high standards we aim for, always maintaining your home to the Governments Decent Homes Standard.
Your safety is our top priority, and we will always deliver works using approved contractors and trained trades people, ensuring health and safety is paramount when repairing or improving your home.
We’ll make sure to keep disruption to a minimum and we will always undertake any tests necessary to your home after completing work to ensure your safety such as gas or electrical tests and inspections when we’re finished.
When we deliver work on your home, you’ll be provided with a named person to answer any questions or concerns, all our projects have scheme engagement staff, and we’ll ensure the work is checked and delivered to the correct standard.
Can I make my own improvements to a ForHousing home?
Often the answer is yes – but we need to chat to your first to make sure they’re safe and will not cause any lasting damage. Contact us on 0300 123 55 22 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll come up with a plan together.
Please do not carry out work on your home without permission as you could be putting yourself, and your community, at risk.
What kind of improvements might you make to the inside of my home?
This could range from works on your bathroom like installing a new bathroom suite with an over-bath shower, laying vinyl flooring, and tiling the walls, to replacing your kitchen to install new kitchen units.
We’ll discuss with you a suitable, safe layout and offer you a choice of colours. Any demolition work, like removing walls, will be completed by us, as will any electrical, plumbing or gas pipework alterations.
We might also want to improve your heating and electrics. This would include projects like installing a new heating system, gas fires, replacing gas warm air systems and electrical heating systems, or installing a new energy efficient boiler. We may want to make electrical installations safer, replacing old fuse boxes with modern circuit breakers, or replace old electric wiring.
What kind of improvements might you make to the outside of my home?
This could range from removing and replacing existing timber doors, single glazed or defective windows, roof tiles or slates, gutters and downpipes, or works to improve boundaries to your property.
We’ll also ensure that your roof insulation meets our thermal standards and if required and your home is suitable install cavity wall insulation.
What else do I need to know?
To ensure you’re living in the best home possible, we carry out cyclical maintenance works. This covers jobs like checking and repairing gutters and downspouts, painting exterior woodwork, checking window seals, repointing and cleaning exterior uPvc.
We’re committed to continually improving your home to be environmentally friendly and ‘green’. We will adopt a ‘fabric first’ approach such as improving wall insulation to ensure your home is thermally efficient. We will evaluate new technologies as they are developed to see if they are suitable for installing in ForHousing homes. Our aim is to ensure ForHousing homes reduce their environmental impacts and make them cost effective for our tenants to live in.
Your neighbourhood environment is important to us too, we may make improvements to your property such as installing new boundaries or create communal improvements to green spaces or to ensure we provide safe adequate parking.
If you’re interested in sustainability and how you can play your part, visit our green champion’s area to get involved.
Is there anything I need to do?
There may be times where we need a helping hand from you to make sure the works are completed as smoothly, and efficiently, as possible.
This may include:
- Provide access to all rooms in your home, as needed
- Taking up floor coverings like carpet, and refit them afterwards or, alternatively, lifting laminate flooring.
- Moving furniture or garden plants away from areas where work is being completed
- Packing away valuables, ornaments, pictures, mirrors, clocks, and other loose items
Also, there may be times where we need to turn off the water supply, so keep a kettle filled with water for your tea or coffee and pop your microwave into another room so you can keep using it.