Equipment to help you at home

There is a wide range of helpful equipment available that can help you to stay living independently in your own home.

Getting around your home

If you have problems getting around your home, there is a range of specially designed equipment to help you move around safely. This could be an additional stair rail to help you get up and down the stairs safely. You may need a grab handle to hold onto when getting in and out of your home. Chair raisers can take the strain out of sitting down or getting up from your chair. A simple bedroom grab rail may be all you need to help sit up in bed.

Preparing and eating food

If you have problems opening jars or using some cooking utensils, there is a range of specially designed equipment to help make preparing and eating food simpler. This could be cutlery with 'easy to hold' handles, a kettle tipper to help you to pour water, or a perching stool so you can sit down whilst preparing and cooking food. Some people have difficulty carrying items around the kitchen safely, a height adjustable kitchen trolley can help to overcome this problem.

Bathing, washing or dressing

If you have problems bathing, washing or dressing, there is a range of specially designed equipment to help make looking after yourself simpler and help you to stay living independently in your own home. This could be a bath board and grab handles around the bath area to help you get in and out of the bath safely. Or you may need a raised toilet seat to help you get on and off the toilet safely.

All these items of minor equipment will help make life easier for you and enable you to stay living independently in your own home.

Who can get help?

Items of equipment may be loaned to young people and adults who live in Swindon, who are registered with a Swindon GPs surgery and who need help due to frailty or illness, physical or learning disabilities, sight or hearing loss. These can sometimes be all that is needed to help you to maintain your independence and quality of life and keep you safe in your own home.

If you think you need straightforward equipment or minor adaptations to your home, you may prefer to make your own arrangements. In which case, remember that you will be responsible for the costs of whatever you decide to buy. Some shops will have trained staff who will be able to demonstrate the equipment and give you any information, help or advice that you need.

Alternatively, you can contact us to arrange an assessment to see what could make your day to day living easier. For adults, the Adult Social Care assessment process will also determine whether you are eligible to loan community equipment.

What is an assessment?

How much does it cost?

If you choose to order equipment yourself, you will be responsible for the costs of whatever you decide to buy. However, if following our assessment we agree that you are eligible for equipment to make your day to day living easier, then we will pay the full cost of the loan of that equipment.

The equipment to help you section in the service directory has details of organisations that offer this type of service, and other services that will help you live independently.

How to get in touch

The Adult Social Care team are the first point of contact for all referrals and general enquiries relating to adult social care and support.

Related content

The major equipment and adaptations page has information on other equipment options, such as stairlifts, hoists and ramps.