Disabled Adaptations

If you need help and advice on the range of disabled adaptations available to you our expert team can help. You can get in touch with our friendly, professional team on 01432 272188.

Our Disabled Adaptations

We have considerable experience working with private and residential customers, housing associations and local councils delivering a variety of adaptations enabling our customers to maintain their independence.

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Completed Disabled Adaptations

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The Buyers Guide to Disabled Adaptations

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Getting help if you need it

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Customer Testimonials

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Grab Rails

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Ramp Installation

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Complete Garage Conversions

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Full Wet Rooms

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Non-slip Flooring

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Widening Doors to Improve Access

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Our Completed Disabled Adaptations

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The Buyer’s Guide to Disabled Adaptations

For many of us ill health, mobility problems or simply the way our homes are designed can mean we need to make adaptations sooner or later. They make life easier and enable us to do the things we need to do with dignity and independence.

Whatever home adaptation you need and wherever you need it, GB Electrical & Building Services can offer a comprehensive service with the complete range of trade professionals you need. Whether you require relatively small adaptations or wish to undertake larger projects, it is important to get it right first time, to know exactly what is available and where best to place them in your home for the greatest benefit.

Choosing an approved service with a good local reputation is also important. We source many of our fixtures, fittings and materials locally from companies who, in turn offer discounts for local clients in Herefordshire. Those are savings we pass on to our customers, ensuring that your adaptations are made to last and giving you the peace of mind and the confidence to trust them, without spending more than you need to.

Getting help if you need it

If you are planning disabled adaptations for your home, costs can mount up and it is important to know if you are eligible for help and support in terms of grants and funding.

The most popular grant is the Disabled Facilities Grant which might be available to you through your local council.

For further details about the DFG and how to apply, we have compiled some useful resources here.

Everyone looking to install disabled adaptations is unique and every home is different. There is however a range of common adaptations designed to help and support the widest possible range of people and their needs.

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Our In-House Occupational Therapist

Our In-House Occupational Therapist can offer all the help and advice you need with a detailed assessment of adaptations such as door widening, flooring, ramps and grab rails as well as wetroom or garage conversions.

If you need help and advice on the range of disabled adaptations available, you can get in touch with our friendly, professional team on 01432272188 to discuss your requirements and book an Occupational Therapist Assessment.

Our Customer Testimonials

We value our customers and their feedback. Here is a selection of our latest customer reviews:

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Grab Rails

Designed to help people with mobility impairments, grab rails can be fitted wherever they are needed in rooms such as bathrooms, wet rooms, bedrooms etc.

There are different types, such as heavy duty reinforced rails with fluted grips for safe gripping in wet environments and colour coding for those with visual impairments.

Plastic grab rails have a warm, ergonomic grip; reinforced with stainless steel they can be ideal for those with limited dexterity

Available in a range of colours and varying thicknesses and wall clearances, the modular nature of many grab rails can mean they can be positioned anywhere they are needed and angled if necessary to offer a bespoke adaptation for any need.

Other styles are available to match the style and decor of your home, such as stainless steel or epoxy coated stainless steel and onyx.

Hand & Fold-up Rails

Hand rails tend to be fitted on stairs around the newel to provide additional grip when using stairs.

Fold-up rails can be folded away when not in use and are ideal for multi-user bathrooms with limited space. They can also accommodate specific height requirements and some models feature a supporting leg to give extra rigidity and stability during use.

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Ramp Installation

Ramps can make it easier to enter, leave and move around the home, particularly for wheelchair users.

Threshold ramps can provide a wide range of solutions for many access problems, delivering a safe gradient for doorways and steps.

Folding access ramps can be easily handled, packed away and relocated when necessary; they are designed with durability in mind and often feature smooth corners to prevent damage to flooring or upholstery.

Channel folding ramps are designed for use by mobility scooters and are ideal for entering or exiting vehicles.

Complete Garage Conversions

Despite being a large project, a garage conversion can make a real difference in terms of remaining in the home you love when disability or ill health makes it hard to access the upstairs areas of your home.

A garage can be converted into a bedroom, a wetroom or other space but there are a number of factors to consider such as access height and adequate space for widened doorways if wheelchair access is needed. Thought also needs to be given to services such as water or electricity and the potential need for a separate entrance.

All these things can pose a logistical challenge, however at GB Electrical & Building Services we have the size and the trade approved skills to undertake every aspect on your behalf.

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Full Wet Rooms

A wet room is a safe and accessible option when using a bathroom becomes a challenge; it can also be a very good idea when you need to future-proof your home.

Wet rooms are designed to make personal care much easier, with sealed walls and sealed anti-slip floors.

If you are converting an old bathroom then often the same drainage points can be utilised for a bespoke wet room that is perfectly tailored to your needs with as little disruption as possible.

Non-slip Flooring

Non-slip flooring provides a much higher level of slip resistance in kitchens, walkways and wetrooms, places in the home where slips, trips and falls are a risk. It is durable, easy to keep clean and available in a wide range of styles to suit every budget.

At GB Electrical & Building Services our flooring specialists work with industry leading brands to provide safe, non-slip flooring anywhere in your home, helping our customers to enjoy safer and easier access to kitchens and walkways, lasting performance in wet environments and a range of styles and colours to suit your home perfectly.

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Widening Doors to Improve Access

For a wheelchair user or individual with mobility issues to safely and comfortably navigate their home, doorways should be wider than they would normally be. This might be a problem as most doorways are narrower than the width of an average wheelchair.

Making adjustments to the width of doorways is a relatively simple job, taking less than a day in most cases; however other factors need to be taken into account.

Thinking about the angles at which the door is approached can often mean further changes are advised and accessibility, safety and compliance are all important parts of the project.

Frequently Asked Questions About Adapted Bathrooms

At GB Electrical & Building Services we specialise in providing bathroom adaptations for the elderly and disabled. With over thirty years of experience our dedicated team can deliver everything you need, at every stage of your project.

If you are thinking about bathroom adaptation, here are some of the most frequently asked questions we answer:

How much does a wet room cost UK?

The cost of a wet room in the UK depends on factors such as personal preference and the types and finish of materials you want. Typically they cost around £6-7K but a more standard wet room, such as those fitted in council and housing association properties can be fitted for under £5K.

How do I make my bathroom accessible?

These are the most common adaptations to ‘future proof’ a bathroom with accessibility in mind:

  • Replace the bath with a level shower wet room
  • Install a raised height toilet
  • Install lever taps to make them easier to use
  • Install a thermostatically controlled shower
  • Fit grab rails at appropriate places in the bathroom
  • Widen doorways to allow for wheelchair access

Can I get a grant for a wet room?

Yes, the Disabled Facilities Grant is a means-tested grant that many people are eligible for. You can find all the information you need to apply for this here.

There are a number of other funding bodies who might be able to provide help towards the cost of bathroom adaptations. We have compiled some useful information on these here.

Do I need planning permission for a wet room?

Nine times out of ten, planning permission for a wet room is not required. However if you are converting a garage or bedroom you may need to secure Building Control approval to ensure your plans are compliant with building regulations.

Funding options for disabled grants for home improvements

Disabled Facilities Grant is a popular means-tested funding option that has helped many people.
For those who might not be eligible though, there may be alternative funding options provided by local councils, charitable organisations and other companies.

Can I convert my garage into a wet room?

Yes, any room attached to a property can potentially be converted into a wet room. It is also possible to convert box rooms or spare bedrooms if necessary.

What is an adapted bath?

An adapted bath is a bath with special features. Often they have a sealed door to allow the user to walk in, this can only be done when the bath is empty which can mean sitting, cold and waiting while it fills, then waiting again for it to empty afterwards.

Lower- height baths are another common type of adapted bath which can be beneficial for people with very specific needs. They may look very attractive but can be costly and have no benefit over conventional baths for many people.

Baths adapted with lighting and speakers are also available which can be well suited for children or users with sensory needs.

Adapted baths generally cost around £8-10K

Are wet rooms a good idea?

Yes, we always recommend a wet room over options such as adapted baths because they can ‘future-proof’ your home in a much more reassuring way should circumstances change in the future.
Wet rooms provide consistently safe, straight forward access even if the user’s condition deteriorates over time and they represent the best long-term value for money.

What is the difference between a wet room and a shower room?

A wet room has a completely uniform, sealed, level surface, without any changes in elevation such as steps, lips or trip hazards. In a shower room, there is a need to actually enter the shower and stand or sit within the shower tray. This tray can be 1-6 inches off the floor.