Currently, within East Lothian, there are grants available from the Council for adaptations such as wet floor showers, stairlifts and ramps for wheelchair users.
There is a process to be followed and this starts with an assessment of needs and mobility which is carried out by an Occupational Therapist (OT). You can self refer for an assessment by contacting the East Lothian Council's Request for Assistance on 0300 3690 680 or e-mail them on email@example.com.
Please note that grants will not be approved retrospectively - if you start the work before a grant application has been approved in writing, East Lothian Council will not be able to award the grant.
There is currently a minimum 80% grant available from East Lothian Council for those whose needs have been assessed by the OT as meeting the criteria for the adaptation.
Further information about "Funding Adaptations to the Home"
Once the need for an adaptation has been agreed, the OT will pass your referral to Care & Repair East Lothian and we can then assist you with all that is required to see the adaptation through from start to finish.
One of our Care & Repair Officers will visit you to discuss the adaptation process and answer any questions you may have.
The type of support we offer includes assisting you with:
- the appointment of an Architect/Architectural Technologist, if required
- the completion of the grant application form
- the appointment of a contractor through the required tendering process
If you are finding it difficult to get in and out of the bath or shower, an Occupational Therapist (OT) can carry out an assessment with you. They will explore a range of options to best suit your needs and, if required, may recommend that your bathroom be adapted to provide a wet floor shower area.
When we receive a referral for a bathroom adaptation we will contact you to arrange a visit from one of our Care & Repair Officers to explain the process. Once you are happy to proceed, we will arrange a joint visit to your home with an OT and an Architect/Architectural Technologist. They will discuss and agree with you the best layout and design of the proposed wet floor shower. Drawings will be prepared and these will be agreed by you and the OT prior to the tendering process to appoint a contractor. We will keep you informed of progress at every stage.
Once tenders are received, we will assist with completing application forms for grant-funding from East Lothian Council and, if required, additional funding from charitable organisations.
Once funding is confirmed, a contractor will be appointed by you and we will introduce the contractor to you, explain how and when the work will be carried out and you will have the opportunity to choose wall and flooring colours from a range of samples.