Home alterations for independent living

If you have a disability, or mobility problems, making adjustments to your home can enhance your quality of life.

Handy Person Adaptation Service (HPAS)

The handy person adaptation service (HPAS) provides help with essential minor adaptations and small practical jobs, helping you to live more safely and independently at home.

The service is available to people living in Newark and Sherwood who are either aged 60 or over or disabled.

Examples of jobs which can be carried out range from fitting grab rails and stair rails to putting up shelves and fitting door and window locks.

Find out more about the HPAS service on the Notts Help Yourself website.

Disabled facilities grant

If you’re disabled or infirm, grants are available to adapt your home to help make it safer and more easily accessible, whether you are a home owner or tenant.

The disabled facilities grant (DFG) provides financial assistance to disabled people for measures like stair lifts, replacing baths with showers, additional heating and works to improve accessibility.

If you apply for a DFG, a financial test will be carried out to see if you need to make any contribution to the cost of the work. If you’re eligible, in the majority of cases, the grants are mandatory. Most will have no repayment conditions, although the cost of more expensive work may have to be repaid if the property is sold within ten years.

Our disabled facilities grant policy (PDF File, 380kb) contains information on eligibility for mandatory grant assistance, conditions relating to applications, approval and payment of grant and other relevant conditions and requirements. 

The policy also sets out the limited circumstances under which we will provide discretionary assistance. 

If you require further information please contact us.

Insulating your home

Many homes have little or no insulation, are draughty and lack basic energy efficiency technologies. You could be eligible for grants which could reduce the cost of insulating your home, saving money and energy in the long term. Find out more about warm homes advice and warm homes on prescription.