Guide to home improvements for the elderly and disabled

Guide to home improvements for the elderly and disabled Cheslyn Building Contractors

Here at Cheslyn Building Contractors we have vast experience in renovating and improving homes for the elderly and disabled and it’s always work that gives us great satisfaction when the end result makes such a huge improvement to our clients lives.

Many older adults have spent decades raising families in their homes and want to remain in the home where they’ve created so many cherished memories as long as they can and while it may not be possible for an older adult to live independently forever, there are many changes that can be made to a home to make it safer and more functional for them to remain in their own homes longer. Likewise, living independently with a disability can be made a lot easier with adjustments. Few houses are equipped for the disabled, making many basic, household tasks impossible, but luckily, refitting your home to be more accessible to those with disabilities is not as difficult as it sounds.


A bathroom is essential to daily life, but it can become difficult to access as a person gets older, or for disabled people due to mobility limitations. That’s why this space often needs updating to ensure it remains functional, practical and accessible to everyone family member, regardless of ability. Ultimately, the bathroom must be a safe and pleasant environment to spend time. Common bathroom modifications include the following:

  • Walk in shower
  • Handrails and grab bars
  • Wet rooms
  • Walk in baths
  • Adjustment of height for worktops and sinks


Having a comfortable and relaxing bedroom should be your number one priority. For a bedroom remodel, you may want to adjust the height of your bed, install bedside controls, or lift equipment. As with other areas of your home, having clear access ways and decluttering the room will reduce the risk of injury as well.

Ceiling hoists can help you move more easily and safely throughout your property if you’re disabled, elderly or have reduced mobility. Ceiling Lifts must be installed by a professional as it is extremely dangerous to try and fit one without any experience. Once installed they must be fully load tested before use and load testing must be carried out periodically according to how often the hoist is used.

Entrance ramps

The most important part of the home for accessibility is, of course, the entrance. Many homes have at least a minor threshold obstacle at their front door and many more have a full step or two. If this is the case for your home you’ll need a ramp. Types of Wheelchair Ramps:-

  • Semi-permanent ramps – Rest on top of the ground or padding and are commonly used for short-term solutions.
  • Permanent ramps – Long-term solutions for disability act compliance and are usually bolted or cemented in place. These are best suited for new buildings or halls.


The financial help available depends on whether the adaptations you need to make to your home are minor or major. Minor adaptations include, for example, fitting lever taps, or hand rails, whereas, major adaptations could include installing a downstairs shower room, widening doorways, or lowering work surfaces in your kitchen. For major adaptations to make your home accessible you will normally have to apply for a Disabled Facilities Grant.

Council funding is not the only source of assistance for home modifications. Disability Rights UK is an organisation that provides help and resources to give a better quality of life to those living with illness or disability, and they can offer further support and access to benefits and grants, as can advice service, Turn2Us.

For further information on home improvements for the elderly and disabled or any other building requirements, please contact us here.