Equipment and adaptations

Equipment and adaptations
Equipment to help you

There are lots of types of equipment available to help you live more safely and independently in your own home, such as:

  • Grab handles on the bath to help you get in and out of the bath
  • A raised toilet seat so you can use the toilet safely
  • A bed leaver to help you get in and out of bed
  • A device to amplify the sound of the phone, doorbell or TV
  • A wheeled trolley to help you to carry items around the house
  • Chair raisers to help you get out of your chair
  • Specialist equipment if you have sight loss
  • A perching stool, to be supported when doing household tasks like cooking and ironing
  • Cutlery with 'easy to hold' handles
  • A height adjustable kitchen trolley if you have difficulty carrying items around the kitchen

Adaptations to your home

There are also changes that can be made to your home to help make it easier for you to get around, for instance:

  • Fitting a stair lift
  • Installing a bed hoist
  • Installing a level access shower
  • Replacing steps in and out of your home with ramps

How to get some equipment

Our equipment and adaptations service offers support to adults who have a disability, illness or injury, or sight or hearing loss.

To make an enquiry please fill in our online form. We will then arrange for someone to contact you to arrange an assessment.

We’ll arrange your assessment more quickly if your situation is urgent. Often people returning home after hospital and those who may be at risk are given highest priority. 

About the assessment

Your assessment will usually take place in your home but we can also do this by telephone. We will ask you to tell us and demonstrate how you manage daily living activities.

As a result of the assessment, you may receive:

  • Information and advice about managing your disability and about other services
  • Some simple items of equipment
  • Recommendations for major adaptations such as a stair lift or specialist equipment such as hoists and shower chairs
  • A visit from our Handyperson Service who can fit minor adaptations such as rails and help with minor repairs
  • Specialist equipment for hearing or sight loss
  • Information, advice and training from our Rehabilitation Officers for visual impairment

Charges for equipment and home adaptations

We will pay for basic items of equipment. For some of these items you will be given a prescription which can be exchanged at a local specialist retailer. If you want to upgrade to a different model, e.g. with additional features or a different colour, you will have to pay the difference in price.

Minor adaptations are installed free of charge. The cost of major adaptations will depend on the type of adaptations, and also whether you live in rented accommodation or if you own your home. The amount of money you pay towards the cost will also depend on your income and any savings you have. You may be able to get a grant (Disabled Facilities Grant) to help cover the costs. We will apply for the grant for you, but we will need to ask you to provide details of your finances. 

If you prefer to buy the equipment you need yourself then you will find details of shops that sell assistive equipment on out our marketplace, along with other services to help you live independently.