Get equipment to stay independent

Types of equipment

If you, or the person you are caring for, are struggling with everyday tasks, equipment and daily living aids can make it easier to live at home and stay independent.

Getting dressed

Equipment to help with dressing include:

  • button hookers, dressing sticks and zip pullers
  • aids to help you put on your socks and stockings
  • long-handled 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 to help you get in and out of the bath

Going to the toilet

Equipment, gadgets and aids to help you with toileting 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 and walking frames
  • wheelchairs
  • mobility scooters

See accessible transport and mobility aids for more information and advice.

Preparing and cooking food

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

  • kettle tippers and lightweight kettles
  • bottle, jar and tin openers
  • utensils with large, long, weighted or curved grips
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