Equipment to help you stay at home

Equipment to help you stay at home

Equipment can help you maintain or improve your independence or that of someone you care for.

If you are finding tasks around the home more difficult, there are many ways to help keep you independent. One of which is to use specialist equipment.

Equipment or assistive technology could support you in maintaining or improving your independence.

Equipment to support you

Specialist equipment can help with everything from monitoring your home, to helping you overcome some of the physical barriers in the kitchen, to helping you communicate. 

Whatever you are having difficulty with, chances are there is a piece of equipment or technology that you can purchase or hire to help you.

Some examples of equipment to help you are:  

Preparing and cooking food 

  • kettle tippers and lightweight kettles 
  • bottle, jar and tin openers 
  • utensils with large, long, weighted or curved grips 

Getting dressed 

  • button hookers, dressing sticks and zip pullers 
  • aids to help you put on your socks and stockings 
  • long-handled shoe horns to make it easier to get your shoes on and off 

Washing and cleaning 

  • tap turners, lever taps and automatic taps can help if you have problems with your grip 
  • bath board, bath seat or bath lift can make it easier and safer to use the bath 
  • shower boards and swivel seats to help you get in and out of the bath 

Using the toilet 

  • raised toilet seats and toilet rails can make it easier to get on or off the toilet 
  • long handed bottom wipers can help you clean yourself after going to the toilet 
  • waterproof bedding and mattresses can help manage incontinence
  • bath with easy door access
  • chair riser
  • portable ramps and wheelchair vehicle restraints
  • rise and recline chairs
  • shower chair
  • special water taps
  • stair lifts
  • toilet equipment (toilet seats, shower seats, commodes)

Paying for Equipment

You and your family may be able to pay for any equipment you need privately.  

Arranging equipment yourself may be quicker and give you more choice and control. 

You may be able to find the equipment you need from: 

  • large retailers such as Amazon or Argos 
  • local suppliers on our Community Services Directory
  • specialist stores that you may need to research 

If you’re not sure what to buy or need financial support Worcestershire County Council may be able to help you

Get in touch to have a conversation about your needs. Visit assessments and eligibility

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