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Policy Landlord disabled adaptation policy

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2. Definitions

  • Adaptations:  An adaptation is an alteration or addition to any part of a dwelling which is provided in order to make it easier or safer for use by a person with a disability or mobility problem.  Reference to the tenant will include their household.
  • Disability:  A physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on the ability to carry out normal day to day activities.
  • Occupational therapist: a professional who works with a person who has a permanent or temporary impairment.  They aim to help people perform daily tasks in their living and working environments and to assist them to develop the skills to live independently.
  • Statement of need:  A document prepared by the occupational therapist which states the needs of the tenant and the adaptations required in the home.