Apply for major adaptations

Major adaptations include adaptations like:

  • a stair lift or hoist
  • a level-access shower
  • a ramp
Who can I apply for major adaptations?

You can apply yourself or someone can apply for you. We’ll normally only agree to adapt a home if the person who needs the adaptations is the tenant, their partner or a member of their family who lives in the home permanently. This person must find it difficult to live in the home because of its facilities.

We don’t carry out adaptations if you’ve applied to buy your home under the Right to Buy scheme.

To apply online use the Equipment and adaptations section of Barnsley Council’s website.

What happens after I have applied?

The Equipment, Adaptation and Sensory Impairment Service will assess your needs to make sure the adaptations requested are the best way of improving your life and keeping you independent and safe.

The service may want to visit you at your home, and will contact you to make an appointment for an assessment. An occupational therapist or an equipment and adaptations officer will talk to you and ask you to show how you do things to see how we can help you.

They might give you advice about:

  • easier or safer ways of carrying out everyday tasks;
  • moving home, if that is the best option for you;
  • specialist equipment that can be provided,
  • making adaptations/alterations to your home.
  • There is a very high demand for an assessment, so the team is unable to see everyone straight away. They see people who have the greatest risk to their health, safety and independence first.
How long does it take to carry out the works?

If we agree to adapt your home, we will contact you to arrange a convenient time to carry out the work. We aim to carry out the works within 35 working days.  Some larger adaptations may take longer.

If we decide that you’d be best moving to a new home, we’ll let you know and help you fill in an application form.

What happens if you do not agree to carry out the works?

When we have made a decision about your request for equipment or adaptations we will write to you and let you know.  If you are not happy with our decision, you can ask us to look at it again.  Details on how to do this will be on your letter.

Do I have to pay for the costs?

Absolutely not! We won’t charge you for any equipment or adaptations which we or our partners agree to provide you with. However, any equipment we provide you with belongs to us or our partners and you’ll need to give it back if the person we provided it for doesn’t need it anymore.