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Being able to use your home safely

You may benefit from some equipment such as grab rails, additional stair rails or an access ramp. These may be purchased directly from a range of different companies. Search ‘equipment’ to find a list of organisations that could help or take a look through our suggestions on equipment to help you use your home safely and securely and help with personal care, washing, dressing and using the toilet.

Maintaining your home

A number of organisations can help you to make small changes or do other practical jobs around your home, to make your life easier and safer.

    • Search ‘handyperson’ to find a list of organisations that could help.

    • Use the uktsa website to find a recommended local decorator, handyman, plumber, electrician, or builder.

Each of the borough and district councils help older and/or disabled residents adapt their homes to meet their health needs and promote independence and council staff can advise on options for grants and finance, as well as arranging the works.

To see if you are eligible for a Disabled Facilities Grant, contact your local district or borough council. They will explain the process to you which may include a referral for an assessment from an Occupational Therapist to check your circumstances and see what changes you need.

Community alarms

There are various electronic tools that can help you live independently and remain safely at home for longer. Details for each of the borough and districts community alarm and Telecare schemes can be found on by searching ‘Community alarms’.

Keeping warm in winter

Action Surrey can provide information and advice on how to keep a home warm and grants that may be available for replacement boilers and insulation.

Safe and Well Visits

You may want to consider getting a free Safe and Well Visit from Surrey Fire and Rescue who can do a home safety check and give you information on how to improve your wellbeing.