Coronavirus (COVID-19): how to stay safe and help prevent the spread

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Get equipment to stay independent

Daily living equipment

You can buy equipment yourself. This might be quicker and give you more choice and control over what you choose to get.

You can look up companies to check if they are trusted using Buy with Confidence (approved by Trading Standards)

Living made easy - Comparison site for daily living equipment run by Disabled Living Foundation (DLF)

You can find approved traders on Age UK to install your equipment.

Some areas that daily living equipment can help with are listed below.

Getting dressed

Examples include:

  • button hookers, dressing sticks and zip pullers
  • aids for putting on socks and stockings
  • long-handled shoe horns that make it easier to get your shoes on and off

Getting washed

Examples include:

  • tap turners, lever taps and automatic taps if you have problems with grip
  • grab rails for getting in and out of the bath or shower
  • a bath board, bath seat or bath lift to 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

Examples include:

  • raised toilet seats and toilet rails
  • long handed bottom wipers to help you clean yourself
  • waterproof bedding and mattresses that can help manage incontinence

Going out and getting around

Examples include:

  • walking sticks and walking frames
  • wheelchairs
  • mobility scooters

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

Preparing and cooking food

Examples include:

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