Some people look into equity release as a way to fund adaptations and improvements to make their home more accessible. So before you spend thousands installing a wet room, make sure you look into grants and charities who could help first.
Here are some helpful websites you can visit for more information:
Disabled Facilities Grants
How they help: You may be able to get a grant from your local council if you’re disabled and need to make changes to your home. Larger adaptations they assist with include stairlifts, downstairs bathrooms and providing a heating system suitable for your needs. They also assist with widening doors and installing ramps. Smaller adaptations might include grab rails, safer steps and security lights.
Independence at Home
How they help: This charity provides grants for people with a long term illness or disability who need financial help towards the costs of making adaptations to the home.
Home Improvement Agency
How they help: You may be able to find other schemes that will help you with the cost of adaptations by speaking to your local Home Improvement Agency. They can also help you make your home more energy efficient and provide help with home repairs. They even offer welfare and benefits advice to make sure you are getting everything that you are entitled to.
Good if: You want to make home adaptations due to health issues or disability.