If you need help with simple tasks around the home, there may be specialist equipment available which will allow you to do these things safely and independently.
Buying your own equipment
If you need help with simple tasks around the home, there may be equipment available which will allow you to do these things safely and independently.
You can buy simple equipment yourself. If you are not sure what equipment is available or what could help, visit the Living Made Easy website.
You can also purchase equipment from high street shops or online.
Before you buy equipment, consider the price and how appropriate the equipment is.
There is also useful advice on buying equipment on the Money Saving Service website.
What equipment is available
There is a wide range of equipment available to help you with many daily activities.
Equipment can help with:
- Getting on/off the toilet
- Getting in/out of the bath
- Sitting down and getting up from a chair
- Getting up/down the stairs
- Getting in/out of the house
The Redbridge Handyperson Scheme assists older, vulnerable and disabled residents with odd jobs and small scale repairs around the home. There is a small charge for this service.
Assistive technology is equipment and services that supports safety and helps you to live independently in your own homes for longer. This can range from Telecare services to digital devices and smart technology.
Examples of assistive technology solutions include detectors for falls, temperature and smoke detection, GPS (Global Positioning System) enabled wearable devices and non-intrusive monitoring sensors that can alert carers or family to any exceptions from your normal routine.
In Redbridge, we have an established Telecare service called Lifeline giving you a pendant alarm for when you need help. The service is monitored 24 hours and in the future, will include digital devices that are GPS enabled that will provide you further independence outside of the home, as well as reassurance for your family.
Lifeline, monitors and alarms
The NHS can provide walking aids such as:
- walking sticks
- walking frames
You can arrange this through your GP, hospital consultant or physiotherapist.
You can find more information on the NHS website.
For information on powered wheelchairs, mobility scooters and car leasing please visit Motability website.
If you want to privately purchase walking aids instead of contacting the NHS you can look online for private retailers.
Request an assessment
If your needs are more complex, you can ask us for an assessment to see what help might be available to you.
Your needs will be assessed to see if you are eligible for further support.
Request an assessment