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Equipment and daily living aids

If you're disabled, equipment and daily living aids can make it easier for you to live at home and stay independent.

If you're caring for someone with disabilities, equipment can help make your work easier and safer.

Getting dressed

Equipment to help with dressing include:

  • button hookers, dressing sticks and zip pullers
  • sock and stocking aids to help you put them on
  • long handed shoe horns to make it easier to get your shoes on and off

Getting washed

Equipment, gadgets and aids to help you with washing include:

  • tap turners, lever taps and automatic taps can help if you have problems with your grip
  • grab rails can help you get in and out of the bath or shower
  • a bath board, bath seat or bath lift can make it easier and safer to use the bath
  • shower boards and swivel seats can help you get in and out of the bath
  • long handled sponges and brushes can help you wash your back and feet

Going to the toilet

Equipment, gadgets and aids to help you with toiletting include:

  • 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

Going out and getting around

Equipment to help you with walking and mobility include:

  • walking sticks
  • walking frames
  • wheelchairs
  • mobility scooters

Preparing and cooking food

Equipment, gadgets and aids to help you prepare and cook food include:

  • kettle tippers and lightweight kettles
  • non-slip mats
  • bottle, jar and tin openers
  • food choppers
  • spreader boards
  • utensils with large, long, weighed or curved grips

How to get equipment and daily living aids

Paying for yourself

The Disabled Living Foundation's Ask SARA tool gives advice on equipment and where to get them.

Living made easy gives information and advice on daily living equipment and where to get them.

Help from your local council

You might be eligible for a Disabled Facilities Grant from your local council if you are disabled and need to make changes to your home. You will need an assessment by an occupational therapist to determine if you're eligible.

Help from Essex County Council

You may be eligible for equipment from Essex County Council. The help you get depends on the assessed level of difficulty you're having at home and the risk to your wellbeing.

Contact Essex County Council to have a discussion about your care and support needs.

More information

ECL (Essex Cares Ltd) provides sensory and equipment services on behalf of Essex County Council. For more information, contact ECL Sensory Service Essex.

The Red Cross offers short-term loans of some equipment.

Related content

Visit Essex County Council for information on using direct payments to buy equipment to meet your care and support needs.

Technology for independent living

Maintaining or adapting your home

Safety in the home

Help with walking and mobility

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