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Daily living aids

When you struggle with health conditions and mobility issues, either temporary or long-term, there are equipment and furniture to help you remain independent in your own home. These daily living aids can be helpful with reablement after leaving hospital.

Community Equipment Service (CES)

You can borrow equipment for short-term use or to ‘try before you buy’. We loan items for up to 12 weeks free of charge. To apply for equipment loan or to purchase equipment for long-term use, call CES 01983 528334 or email for a current pricing guide and make an appointment to learn how to use the equipment. The table below lists equipment available; you can also view our demonstration video.

Getting aroundHelp with reachingFurnitureBed aidsBathingToileting
Elbow crutches
Sock aid
Perching stool
Back rest
Bath board
Raised toilet seat
Walking stick
Leg lifter
Cantilever table
Bed cradle
Shower chair
Walking frame
Helping hand
Foot stool

Shower stool
Static commode
Buckingham caddy
Long-handled shoe horn
Elephants feet

Slipper pan
Kitchen trolley

High back chair

Female urinal

Male urinal

Complex adaptations

The Community Occupational Therapy (OT) Service can offer advice and arrange help for you if your needs are more complex. OT options may include:

  • replacing a bath with a level access shower
  • providing ramped access to your home
  • widening doorways for wheelchair access
  • providing a stair lift or through-floor lift.

To help with the cost of more complex adaptations you may be eligible for a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG). These grants are means tested so it is dependent upon your individual financial circumstances.

To refer yourself or someone else, call Community Occupation Therapy Service 01983 215774. Opening times 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

Independent living centre

People Matter IW offer a free service for adults who need help with daily living. You can try out a range of different equipment to decide what is best for you. The centre has kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom areas set up to view aids and adaptations in a home setting.

If you would like to make an appointment, contact the Independent Living Centre.