If you have difficulty with everyday tasks like bathing, washing or dressing, there is a range of specially designed equipment to help make looking after yourself simpler and help you to stay living independently in your own home.
Examples may include grab handles to help you get in and of the bath, an extra bannister rail or a walking frame to support you when moving around your home.
If you think that you, a relative or someone you care for might need help in this way contact Care Direct on 0845 1551 007 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to speak to us about having a social care needs assessment.
If you or the person you care for is eligible for help we will arrange for someone to visit you as soon as possible. You will be given a prescription for any small simple items like raised toilet seats or walking frames which you can exchange for the equipment at an accredited retailer – see our Community Equipment Prescriptions factsheet. Large items such as hoists or special mattresses will be loaned free of charge.
You may prefer to purchase your own equipment. The Independent Living Centre can you give you advice and provide you with a list of shops that sell equipment in your area. Phone them on 01392 380181 or email email@example.com for information or to make an appointment. They are based at Devon House, Brunel Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 4PB.
The Disabled Living Foundation provides excellent information on equipment as well as links to suppliers.
The British Red Cross can loan mobility equipment such as wheelchairs and commodes on a short-term basis, for example if you are on holiday in Devon.