Adapting your home
If you need improvements and adaptations to your home so you can continue to live there independently, you may qualify for help.
Disabled Facilities Grants
A Disabled Facilities Grant is provided by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) to help to improve the home of a person with a disability. Usually, an occupational therapist will assess what adaptations are appropriate to meet their needs.
Owner-occupiers, landlords or private tenants can get assistance to carry out adaptations - providing there is a person with a disability living in the house.
Allowance Scheme for people with disabilities
The Disabled Person's Allowance Scheme can provide a reduction in domestic rate bills for properties designed or adapted for people with disabilities to live there.
Supporting People programme
Supporting People is a government programme that provides housing-related support to help vulnerable people live as independently as possible in the community. It applies to people who live in their own homes or in supported housing.
Planning permission and building regulations
It's important to get planning permission and find out about building regulations before you begin any major building alterations.
You can find out more about applying for planning permission and building regulations from the Planning Service and your local council.
Choosing tradespeople and builders
If you decide to hire a tradesperson or builder yourself, it's important to choose someone who operates legally and is qualified for the job.