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Help and advice

There are numerous outlets with a huge range of equipment available to help you around the house. The choice and variety can be confusing but here are a few points to consider if buying yourself:

  • equipment such as grab rails, can be purchased at DIY stores. Some walls need adapting to give a secure fixing point for the brackets
  • equipment to help you with daily living can be purchased through major chemists or specialist companies
  • for larger items of equipment or adaptations, get at least 2 quotes
  • where appropriate, check warranties, servicing and maintenance and other general after-sales back up
  • try out equipment wherever possible

Finding the right equipment

AskSARA Kent provides impartial advice about equipment to help make daily living easier. This website asks simple questions to identify which equipment may be able to help you and will then provide you with some suggestions and link you to where you can purchase it.

Safe and Well is a service provided by NRS Healthcare to find out about getting equipment. The service includes:

  • free online self-assessment
  • free local demonstration
  • free telephone advice
  • links to Centra services (technology and Telecare)
  • occupational therapist visits (fee charged)
  • directory of trusted local suppliers

Where to get more information

Get information on what's available and where you can buy from on:

If you're over 55, community navigators can talk to you about your options for staying safe and independent in your own home.

Last updated: 14/03/2022