A disabled person is defined as anyone who has a physical or mental impairment which significantly affects their ability to carry out daily activities in the long-term.
Solihull adult social care team provide care and support for anyone in the borough with a disability, including physical disabilities.
Impairments which are included as a disability include:
- learning difficulties
- mental health issues such as anxiety and depression
- sensory loss
Disability services in Solihull
Solihull MyLife hopes to help you live your life as independently as you can and in the best way possible.
For example, many disabled people need nothing more than 1 or 2 simple aids that would make all the difference to day-to-day activities, such as:
- improving your health and fitness
- getting out and about
- living at home with The Better Living Centre Solihull
- managing your finances
The Solihull Directory also has details of care providers in and around Solihull.
Disability Facilities Grant
If some home adaptations would help with your physical disability, or you care for someone with disabilities, you may get a Disabled Facilities Grant, or DFG. A grant can be made for home adaptations such as:
- widening doorways
- installing half steps or ramps
- stair lift installation
- upgrading lighting systems and heating controls
An occupational therapy assessment and a financial assessment will be needed when you apply for a grant.
To apply, contact Solihull Connect on 0121 704 8000
DIAL Solihull offers free information for disabled people and their carers in Solihull. The service is run by people with a disability and their carers too, with the confidential advice available on a wide range of subjects, including:
DIAL Solihull can also be contacted Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am to 5pm by phone on 0121 770 0333.
Community Advice Hubs
DIAL Solihull is involved with the Community Advice Hubs too.
Your local Community Information and Advice Hub could put you in contact with the best support and activities to help you live with your disability. The hubs also offer support to you if you are carer.
You can visit the hubs in:
The Solihull Directory may also have details of local charities, national charities working in Solihull and other organisations, providers and individuals offering interesting activities and things to do.
Help for people with physical disabilities from the NHS
The NHS also has extensive advice for people with disabilities, their carers and their families.
Covering numerous subjects, the excellent resource also has tips for staying fit and trim in a wheelchair, finding work and gold medal features from our ParalympicsGB and Armed Forces heroes.
Disability services in the UK
There are a lot of national organisations working hard to empower people with disability and make a fairer society for everyone.
Scope is a national charity working to make the UK a better place for disabled people, with a vast range of support, information and online communities.
There are a number of other organisations providing advice and support too, as well as the latest news and hot topics which may affect you:
DisabledGo - for detailed access information to thousands of shops, restaurants, railway stations, hospitals and thousands of other venues across the UK, including Solihull and the West Midlands.
Ask SARA - an excellent resource taking you through a series of easy to understand questions to produce a report with tailored advice and information about services and equipment to help make life better.
Gov.uk - complete information from the Government for disabled people.
Family Fund - providing grants for disabled children.
Disability Rights - working to create a society fair for everyone.
DLF - providing impartial advice, information and training to live independently.
When things become too difficult
Solihull Council can provide care and support for people experiencing sensory loss. This includes those who are living with hearing loss and deafness.
As well as helping you develop skills to look after yourself at home, it can help with:
- taking medication
- making meals and drinks
- coming back home after being in hospital or residential care
If you are finding it very difficult to live safely at home and are concerned, you can contact the Solihull adult social care team to request an assessment.
A qualified worker will work with you, and your carer or representative if you would like, to discuss your needs and identify how to help:
The assessment process will discuss what support you need to let you live your life in the best way possible, from understanding your care and support needs to helping maintain and improve your personal wellbeing.
Daytime opportunities for people with a physical disability
There are a number of opportunities in and around Solihull for you to get out and about and involved with your local community during the day.
If you are 18 years old or older, you can take a look at the day services which are provided in leisure facilities and the community from the Day services for people with disabilities page.