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Equipment to help you around the home

Information to help you choose the right equipment and find out how to buy or borrow it.

Sources of help when choosing and buying equipment

See the range of leaflets from the Disabled Living Foundation on choosing equipment.

Ask SARA is their online self-assessment tool which can produce a personalised report offering advice and suggested equipment which may help you.

Living made easy gives information and advice on daily living equipment and where to buy them

The Hft Smart House has a large range of equipment and provides an online audio and visual tour of a house showing you how the equipment works and videos of people using it. This is a particularly useful source for people with learning disabilities.

The British Health Trades Association produces a series of free 'Get wise' leaflets on topics such as buying a stairlift or mobility vehicle and using electric scooters and wheelchairs.

Rica produces consumer reports for older and disabled people on topics such as mobility aids, equipment and household appliances.

Age UK and GOV.UK and the Disabled Living Foundation also provide information and advice on independent living including equipment, adaptations, services and funding.

Local information and advice

Local disability advice organisations such as the Ipswich Disabled Advice BureauDIAL (Lowestoft and Waveney) and the Disability Advice Service (East Suffolk) can advise you on resources, services and support.

Shopping for equipment

Equipment loan

Individuals and family carers can purchase equipment themselves direct from independent providers without having to contact Suffolk County Council.

However, you may also be entitled to an assessment if you appear to have a need for care and support from Adult Social Care.  Potential options following the assessment may include appropriate equipment to support you and/or your carer.  The provision of equipment may also be included as part of your care plan.   The equipment is provided free of charge on loan from the Community Equipment Service. 

To find out more please contact Customer First, by using the web chat button at the bottom right side of your screen.

It may also be possible for you to receive a Direct Payment for equipment as part of your care and support plan. This can enable you to have more choice and control over the range of equipment provided to meet your needs.

Other organisations such as the British Red Cross also offer loan of equipment, including commodes, wheelchairs, walking aids and bathing equipment.

Sources of help and advice on funding

There are a number of charities and organisations who may be able to assist you with funding:

  • Turn2us benefits and grants finder

  • Some service associations such as the Royal British Legion may help with loans or grants

  • Friends of the Elderly provides one-off grants to help with the costs of household repairs, adaptations and mobility aids

  • Suffolk Disability Care Fund gives grants of up to £1000 to provide daily living equipment for people with disabilities

  • The ACT Foundation gives grants for building modifications, provision of specialised wheelchairs, mobility aids and equipment to assist independent living

  • In certain circumstances you may also be eligible to buy equipment or have adaptations made without paying VAT. Read more about financial help if you're disabled

Community Equipment Services

If you have equipment provided by the Community Equipment Service which you no longer need, or if it needs repair, please contact your local Community Equipment Store (Equipment and wheelchairs) on 01473 351805 (Monday-Friday)

Updated April 2018

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