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Aids, adaptations and equipment


Aids, adaptations and equipment

If you are getting older or have a care need but want to stay independent and continue living in your own home, you may be able to with some specialist equipment or adjustments to your home.

Here are some things for you to consider:


These offer simple solutions to everyday tasks, such as switching your manual can opener to an electric one, or talking kitchen scales for people who are blind or visually impaired. 

There are devices or gadgets aimed at making it easier for you to continue carrying out everyday tasks on your own.

Find out more about equipment.

Minor adaptations to your home

Some of the equipment you need to help you maintain your independence is likely to need installing within your home. For example, if you need grab rails to get out of the bath, you’ll need someone to fit them for you.

Find out more about minor adaptations.

Major adaptations to your home

If you have any health conditions affecting your ability to manage at home, you may need to get equipment such as a stairlift to enable you to get upstairs. You may also need to have permanent fixtures installed at home such as a walk-in shower so you can use some washing facilities to stay clean and live at home safely and independently. 

Find out more about major adaptations.

Last updated 13 November 2023