Help to stay living at home
Equipment to help you
If you have difficulty with everyday tasks like getting in and out of bed, washing, dressing or moving around there is a huge range of equipment and electronic gadgets available to help.
Equipment can include:
- clothing which is easier to get on and off, or which is designed specifically for wheelchair users
- apps for phones which can remind you take medicine or can tell you where you are if you get lost
- electronic alarms which alert someone if you have a fall
- simple low-cost items to help you to get out of bed, use the toilet or prepare meals
- larger equipment such as beds, baths and showers, stairlifts and scooters.
If you think you might need equipment to stay independent the Independent Living Centre is your local equipment, assessment and advice service. An occupational therapist will work with you to find the right equipment and provide a list of local shops and online suppliers. Phone 01392 380181 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
Some people may be eligible for social care support with equipment. If you, a relative or someone you care for needs help to live at home contact Care Direct on 0345 1551 007 or email email@example.com to speak to us about having a social care needs assessment.
- The Independent Living Centre provides advice, the chance to try equipment and details of suppliers
- The Disabled Living Foundation provides information on equipment and has 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.
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