Equipment & adaptations factsheet

If you are an older or disabled City West customer, our Equipment and Adaptations Service can help you remain independent in your own home. Our service is delivered through our in-house Equipment and Adaptations Team.

For community equipment, major adaptations and all other minor adaptations, please contact our in-house team who will offer you assistance or make a referral on your behalf to the Occupational Therapist Service.

For specialist advice, you can contact:

  • Specialist Housing Services
  • Community Occupational Therapy Service
  • Salford Disability Services

The equipment service

Some types of equipment can help people to live independently. This equipment is different from minor adaptations and is loaned to people by Salford Disability Services. Examples include:

  • Toileting equipment, such as commodes and bedpans
  • Moving and handling equipment, such as mobile hoists and transfer boards
  • Pressure relieving equipment, such as cushions
  • Bathing equipment, such as bath seats and shower chairs
  • Chairs and chair raisers
  • Television amplifiers and vibrating alarm clocks
  • Trolleys and tables

If you make an enquiry, you may be required to provide details about the person who needs the equipment or adaptations and their home in order for us to provide the correct advice and assistance.

What are adaptations?

Minor adaptations These are fixed alterations that are relatively low cost. Examples include:

  • Grab rails
  • Hand rails
  • Bannister rails
  • Key safes
  • Alterations to steps
  • Fold down rails (sometimes called cantilever rails)
  • Hearing loop system

This list is an example of the types of minor or low cost adaptations that can be made available; there may be others that are not included here. For some of the more complex items, you may need an assessment from a qualified Occupational Therapist. If you need more information please contact us. Major adaptations These are larger scale adaptations. Examples include:

  • Ramps
  • Widening of doors
  • Alterations to the level of essential kitchen work surfaces
  • Level access shower
  • Ceiling track hoist
  • Changing the layout of a room

Major adaptations can include internal and external changes to the layout of a property. This list gives examples of major adaptations; there may be others that are not listed here. There may also be some situations where it is appropriate to explore the option of alternative accommodation. If you need more information, please contact us.

If you require major adaptations

Our Equipment and Adaptations Team may arrange for a survey or a feasibility study at this stage, especially if the referral is in relation to problems with access. A member of the Occupational Therapist Service may need to undertake a further assessment of your needs
and may arrange to visit you in your home before a major adaptation is agreed.