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There is a lot of equipment that can help you to carry out daily living tasks; everything from walking aids to grab rails.

At some time in our lives it may become difficult to carry out everyday tasks. Using equipment and technology can mean that you do not have to rely on others to stay independent for longer.

Our top ten things to think about will help you to plan your future care, even if you don't need support at the moment.

The NHS (opens in a new window) have mobility aids such as wheelchairs and walkers. You can ask your GP for more details.


The Disability Living Foundation (opens in a new window) has information about equipment to help with tasks such as;

Ask Sara (opens in a new window) is a useful website which asks questions about the problems you are having and suggests products that might be helpful.

Living Made Easy (opens in a new window) provides advice on a wide range of equipment.

Independent Living Centres

Independent Living Centres can help if you are not sure what equipment you need. This is a great way to try out equipment without any pressure. Some items of equipment can even be borrowed for free to try at home. 


Telecare equipment and services can support your safety and independence in your own home. The equipment can sense risks such as smoke, floods and gas, can remind you to take pills and even call for help if you fall. A help centre can be contacted automatically if any of these problems occur in your home. If needed the help centre can arrange for someone to come to your home or can contact your family, doctor or emergency services. The system can also warn you of problems by sounding an alarm, flashing lights or vibrating a box which can be kept in your pocket or under your pillow.

There are a number of organisations who provide Telecare. Some of these are listed in our service provider directory (opens in a new window).

The Disability Living Foundation (opens in a new window) have lots of information about Telecare equipment and services.

If you are not sure whether Telecare can help, you could visit one of our Independent Living Centres.  You can see the equipment used and get free independent expert advice from our Occupational Therapists. 

Alternatively, one of our Occupational Therapists can visit you at home to talk about what you might need.

Sight and Hearing Centres

We have information about sight and hearing if you have an impairment. We also have sight and hearing centres (opens in a new window).  Like Independent Living Centres these offer an opportunity to see and try out specialist equipment and to get advice.

Occupational Therapists

Occupational Therapists can visit you at home to talk about what you might need.

Further information

You may also like to look at these related pages;


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