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.
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
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
- 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.
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.
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