Event date: 26/04/2017
News date: 21 Apr
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Items such as raised toilet seats, bath boards and seats, walking frames, and grab rails can make a real difference to your safety and independence.
If you find that you are having difficulty with everyday tasks such as washing, dressing and cooking, and or with moving round your home, there may be specialist equipment available which will allow you to do these things safely and independently.
And if you are the carer for someone with physical health problems then having the right equipment in place can make your work both easier and safer.
There is a wide range of equipment options out there, and you may be surprised at what's available. This list doesn't cover everything but will give some idea of what you can expect to find:-
Local pharmacies or GPs often offer advice and brochures to help you choose home equipment.
Westway Community Transport offer a range of simple disability aids to assist with tasks such as bathing, getting dressed or preparing meals.
And the Red Cross can offer short-term loans of some kinds of equipment.
There are many websites which sell equipment online. People First cannot recommend individual websites but has provided links below to some of the websites out there. We try to check all these sites for content, but cannot guarantee the content or links in any way. No items have been tested by People First and all information is provided without legal responsibility.
Before you buy any equipment you may find it useful to visit the Disability Living Foundation's (DLF) Equipment Demonstration Centre to see what is available and what works best for you.
Contact them on:
Please be aware that you will need to make an appointment before you visit them.
Depending on your situation you may be offered the chance to see a specially-trained professional such as a physiotherapist or an occupational therapist following a spell in hospital, or after you see a GP, district nurse, or social worker. Following an assessment you may be offered equipment which will help you to do things more safely or independently in your home.
You can also contact your local Social Services yourself for a care assessment to see if you are eligible for support from the Council to install home equipment. A trained professional will assess you to find out if there is equipment that could help you, and may also see if there are other ways to help you to regain your independence. They will then give you a 'prescription' for the equipment to take to an accredited supplier of your choice (see below for details of local suppliers). This means you will get your equipment free of charge.
You may also, if you wish, pay extra (a 'top-up') towards a version of the equipment that is more to your taste; for example, you may choose a different model, or a different colour, which you like better.
Your local authority will be able to give you more information about this at your care assessment.
Your local authority has produced leaflets with more information on equipment options in your area, and a map showing suppliers where you can take your equipment prescription after an assessment:-.
Equipment options in Hammersmith and Fulham and map of suppliers
Equipment options in Kensington and Chelsea and map of suppliers
The Kensington and Chelsea Occupational Therapy service
Equipment options in Westminster and map of suppliers.
Depending on your situation you may find that you want to make significant changes to the layout of your home to make it more suitable for you instead of simply installing small pieces of equipment - go to our page on Major Adaptations in Your Home for more information.
You may also find it useful to check our pages on Wheelchairs, Help with walking and mobility and Gadgets to help you stay safe
Age UK suggest 10 types of equipment to make life easier and provide a fact sheet called Disability equipment and how to get it.
The NHS website provides advice on Equipment and alarms for carers
The Which website offers advice on choosing and accessing equipment.