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National section logoHelp with Housing Adaptations

Midlothian Council Community Care Service offers assessments to help people with disabilities to be as independent as possible in daily living tasks at home.


The outcome of the assessment may lead to a recommendation for a major adaptation. Assessments for these are normally provided by Community Care Occupational Therapists. The aim is to support people where, without a major adaptation to their property, the person would be unable to continue to live at home safely or independently.


Adapted shower with roll in roll out chairA major adaptation could be:

  • Replacing the bath with a walk in shower
  • A stairlift
  • A ramp for wheelchair access
  • Fitting lower work surfaces to make the kitchen more manageable

The recommendation for any adaptation relates to the disabled person’s current and long-term needs and links to the anticipated course of their impairment. The needs of the carers will also be considered. Decisions about whether to support an adaptation will take into account the benefits to the disabled person’s independence and support to carers over the long term. Sometimes an adaptation to your home is not feasible and the only way to meet your long term needs would be to move to another property. The Occupational Therapist will assist you to explore all your options.


Funding


Funding for major adaptations depends on the ownership of the home. If the disabled person is an owner occupier, or tenant in private rented property, a Home Improvement Grant may be available towards the cost of an adaptation.


If the person lives in council or housing association property the adaptation will normally be funded by the landlord.


The minimum home improvement grant you will get is 80% of the total cost. If you are on certain benefits then a grant could be 100%.
Before an application for a home improvement grant is submitted, an Occupational Therapist from the Community Care Service must be consulted and agree the work, and written documentation obtained identifying the relevant work.


This process is further outlined in the Scheme of Assistance available from Environmental Health and available on the Midlothian Council website. This download has been removed please search www.midlothian.gov.uk/ for more information


Contact Midlothian Council:


If you would like an appointment to discuss your situation or about a relative or friend,
contact us on Telephone logo 0131 271 3900 during office hours: Monday - Thursday 9:00-5:00 Friday 9:00-3:30
Adults and Community Care (Adult Services)
Fairfield House,
8 Lothian Road,
Dalkeith,
EH22 3AA
Telephone logo 0131-271-3900
E-mail: swccenquiries@midlothian.gov.uk


You can get more information from:

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National section logoHousing Housing Options Scotland logo Options Scotland


Housing Options Scotland was established in 1997 to provide a unique public access service to all disabled people throughout Scotland. Housing Options Scotland does not directly provide housing, what Housing Options Scotland does provide is detailed information and advice that will enable you to find the right home for you. Housing Options Scotland’s main aim is to ensure that disabled people have access to suitable housing in the tenure of their choice and recognising that gaining access to owner-occupation remains problematic.


Housing Options Scotland has three main areas of activity. Firstly, we directly assist disabled people by advising them on, and supporting them through, the complex design, financial and legal processes involved in buying or renting a property. Secondly, we provide information, advice and training on housing and disability issues to the public, private and voluntary sectors to improve the service disabled people get. Finally, we raise the awareness of the problems disabled people face in relation to their housing and highlight the solutions and opportunities that exist.


Housing Options Scotland has a dedicated team of volunteers. These volunteers enable Housing Options Scotland as an organisation to learn about the housing problems disabled people face by directly assisting them, and using the knowledge we gain to effect changes in policies and practice.


Housing Options Scotland logoYou can contact Housing Options Scotland:
Housing Options Scotland
The Melting Pot,
5 Rose Street,
Edinburgh, EH2 2PR.
Telephone logo 0131 247 1400
www.housingoptionsscotland.org.uk



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National section logoInclusion Scotland

Independent Living in Scotland logoInclusion Scotland (IS) is a consortium of disability organisations, individual disabled people and social partners who share our aims. We work towards eradicating the barriers


  • physical
  • economic
  • cultural
  • attitudinal

which prevent disabled people being fully included in society.


Inclusion Scotland (IS) was founded in 2001, as a direct response to calls from the grass roots of the disability movement for a new national organisation. It is run by disabled people themselves for, as we have the experience of disability, we are best placed to speak out on the issues that are important to us and affect our daily lives. Already over 60 disability groups from throughout Scotland have joined in partnership with us.



OUR AIMS:

  • To ensure the views of disabled people are heard and taken seriously by policy makers and to keep open the lines of communication.
  • To be a proactive rather than a reactive organisation.
  • To raise public awareness of social inclusion issues including the barriers – physical or social – society erects which disable people.
  • To bring about positive change in how disabled people are viewed in our society and to achieve inclusion for disabled people in Scotland.
  • To help and support other disability organisations and disabled individuals by offering practical advice on how to dismantle the barriers to inclusion.


Nothing About Us. Without Us.


Inclusion Scotland,
Hayweight House,
23 Lauriston Street,
Edinburgh, EH3 9DQ
Telephone logo 0131 281 0860
email symbol info@inclusionscotland.org
we have a regularly updated website: www.inclusionscotland.org
You can also follow our work by ‘liking’ us on Facebook.
Facebook: facebook logo facebook.com/InclusionScotland
Instagram: Instagram Logo instagram.com/inclusionscotland
Twitter: Twitter Logo twitter.com/InclusionScot
Charity No. SC 031619


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National section logoIndependent Living in Scotland

Independent Living in Scotland logo


‘Independent living means disabled people of all ages having the same freedom, choice, dignity and control as other citizens at home, at work, and in the community. It does not mean living by yourself or fending for yourself. It means rights to practical assistance and support to participate in society and live an ordinary life.’


It includes things like the right to live without having to plan everything in advance; to go to school; to work or study in an inclusive environment; to have an adequate income; to take part in leisure activities; to be accepted as a full and active member of the community; and to have access to services that actually work together, delivered at the right time in the right way. It’s about being free to make your own decisions (perhaps with some assistance if you want it) about what you want to do and when you want to do it.



What is the Independent Living Movement?


The disabled people’s Independent Living Movement has grown in Scotland because disabled people believe that they are best placed to make decisions about their lives – not anyone else. The Movement challenges the individual approach taken by many organisations to solving the barriers, such as physical barriers or other people‘ attitudes, which disabled people face in their daily living. Often the solution achieved by the individual approach only benefits the person concerned.


More and more disabled individuals and organisations led by disabled people are coming together to make their voices heard. They are working collectively to change the policies and practices that disable them. They look for different ways to influence or even work alongside policy-makers and service-providers to design “joined-up” services to enable more choice for all disabled people.


The Movement in Scotland is made up of a range of organisations, networks and individuals.



The Independent Living in Scotland (ILiS) Project


ILiS is funded by the Scottish Government, hosted in the Equality and Human Rights Commission and steered by an expert group of disabled people. It aims to strengthen the Independent Living Movement and support disabled people to have their voices heard at national and local level so that decision-makers work with them to deliver independent living.


Independent Living in Scotland logo

For more information about ILiS,
visit www.ilis.co.uk
or write to
Independent Living in Scotland
Brunswick House
51 Wilson Street,
Glasgow G1 1UZ
Telephone logo 0141 559 5013 ext 3313
email symbol contact@ilis.co.uk


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SP Energy Network


If you have a disability make sure you register that disability with your electricity supplier, once on the Priority Service Register and you have a power outage you should call your network operator. Cordless phones will not work as they require power to connect the phone to the land-line. From a mobile phone call your network operator or the emergency number 105.


You can join the SP Energy Network Priority Services Register if:

  • You are over the age of 60,
  • Have a special communication need,
  • Depend on electricity for home or medical care,
  • Have a child under 5 years of age,
  • Have chronic illness,
  • Feel you need a little extra help.

If you register with the Priority Service they will let you know in advance of a planned interruption to your electricity supply and they will keep in touch with regular updates during a power cut and if necessary, can work with external agencies who may be able to assist.


To register for Priority Services Register:

Text PSR to 61999. We will normally contact you within 48 hours.


Fill out the form on www.spenergynetworks.co.uk/pages/priority_services_register_form.aspx Download the form from complete and return to address below. Requires a printer,


Telephone logo 0330 10 10 167
email symbol customercare@spenergynetworks.com
Customer Contact team,
SP Energy Networks,
3rd Floor 320 St Vincent Street,
Glasgow, G2 5AD.


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National section logoScottish Members of Parliament

Name

Member for:

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Party

Jeremy Balfour
The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP
Telephone logo 0131 348 5961

Lothian's
Surgery Lasswade and Loanhead

Jeremy Balfour

Scottish Conservative
Scottish Conservitive logo

Colin Beattie
The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP
Telephone logo 0131 348 6373

Midlothian North & Musselburgh
Telephone logo 0131 454 0204

 Colin Beattie

SNP
SNP Logo

Miles Briggs
The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP
Telephone logo 0131 348 5945

Lothian's
29 Roseburn Terrace,
Edinburgh,
EH12 5NQ

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SNP
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Sarah Boyack
The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP
Telephone logo 0131 348 6994

Lothian's

Sarah Boyack

Scottish Labour
Scottish labour logo

Foysol Choudhury
The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP
Telephone logo 0131 348 6761

Lothian's

Neil Findlay

Scottish Labour
Scottish labour logo

Christine Grahame
The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP
Telephone logo 0131 348 5729

Midlothian South, Tweeddale & Lauderdale

 christine Grahame

SNP
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Alison Johnstone
The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP
Telephone logo 0131 348 6362

Lothian's

Alison Johnstone

Scottish Greens
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Lorna Slater
The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP
Telephone logo 0131 348 6997

Lothian's

Lorna Slater

Scottish Greens
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Sue Webber
The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP
Telephone logo 0131 348 6680

Lothian's

Sue Webber

Scottish Conservative
Scottish Conservitive logo

Member of the House of Commons

Owen Thompson
House of Commons,
London
SW1A 0AA
Telephone logo 020 7219 3000

Midlothian

Owen Thompson

SNP
SNP Logo

Everyone in Scotland is represented by eight MSP's: one for their constituency and seven for the larger region in which they live. This allows a choice of MSP for you to contact. Midlothian is also represented by one MP in the UK Government.


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Every care has been taken to ensure that the content of this work is accurate at the time of writing. However, no responsibility for loss occasioned to any person acting or refraining from action as a result of any statement in this work can be accepted by the authors


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