Whether or not you’re receiving home care, there’s things you can do to keep your independence.
Some simple household aids and gadgets can mean you can carry on doing certain things for yourself. They can also mean that you can live independently without needing any home care at all.
Here are some pieces of household equipment you can use:
If you are planning on staying in your own home, certain home adaptations can help you look after yourself better.
Grab rails can help you climb steps or stairs – or get in bed or the bath. Rails and hoists can also help you get in or out of the bath. And installing a stair lift can make your home safer for you if you have trouble climbing the stairs.
Other home adaptations include:
You can find out more about mobility equipment in the NHS mobility equipment guide.
If you want to adapt your home, you can ask for a free assessment from an occupational therapist (OT).
You can ask one of the following to arrange this occupational therapist appointment for you:
When you get your appointment, an occupational therapist will visit you at home to assess your needs.
They’ll then recommend equipment and home adaptions that can make your life at home easier. They’ll do this based on their assessment and what you tell them. You may also be able to get help with costs.
When you have a local authority care needs assessment, it may show that you need certain equipment or adaptations for your home. These can be provided free by your local authority.
These home adaptations are often related to preventing falls and improving your mobility. They can include:
You can also get any minor home adaptations costing less than £1,000 free from your local authority.
When it comes to buying small household aids, like two-handled cups, you may have to buy these yourself.
To find out about the sort of equipment that’s available, you can use the self-assessment website AskSARA. The AskSARA site will also provide details of suppliers.
Depending on the result of your means test, your local authority may charge for more costly adaptations to your home.
These adaptations can include:
If you’re adapting your home because of a disability or old age, you can ask your local authority for help.
Some home adaptations are costly, but you may be able to get local-authority funding to help cover the costs.
You may be able to access the following help:
You may also qualify for VAT relief on these purchases.
If you’re adapting your home or buying home-aid equipment, it’s a good idea to take independent advice first.
Independent advice can help make sure the equipment you’re receiving or buying can best meet your needs.
NHS.uk recommends the following organisations who can provide independent advice on home adaptations for disabled and elderly people.
These organisations can give you up-to-date information and advice about the best equipment to meet your needs.
Use our directory of specialist care fees advisers to find expert advice in your area.