Safety first


Minor home adaptations can not only help you live comfortably and safely in your own home, but they can save the NHS and social care services around £500 million each year.

Did you know that Derwent Living can provide minor adaptations, up to a value of £600? Some of the more common adaptations include installing grab rails, lever taps, half steps, small ramps, moving or raising switches and electric sockets, and specialist equipment required for deaf people.

We can talk you through the information required for the application, which is usually given to us by social care services. Once we receive all the evidence that an adaptation is necessary, we aim to complete work within 28 days of receiving the request. Major adaptations which cost more than £600, such as walk-in showers or wet rooms, must be funded by you and approved by Derwent Living.

If you or a person living with you is disabled, you may qualify for a disabled facilities grant to adapt your home. Details are available from your local council. In usual circumstances Derwent Living would expect the resident to maintain additional upgrades to a property, however we include all adaptations in our servicing and replacement programmes, responding to breakdowns at our own costs.

Occasionally Derwent Living may decline a request for an adaptation, for reasons such as layout, location and future ability to let the property. If this happens, we will try to assist applicants to find an alternative property that already caters to your needs.

If you’d like to find out more, please email