Aids to independence

There are dozens of independence aids to help counter the effects of ageing and lost mobility, without being forced to rely upon other people throughout the day.

From stair lifts and walk-in baths, to safety kettles and easy-grip kitchen utensils, there are dozens of ways to counter the effects of ageing and lost mobility, without being forced to rely upon other people throughout the day.

But where to start? The Disabled Living Foundation offers independent advice on mobility aids, disability aids and daily living equipment and will help guide you through the many different products available to you.

Right at Home’s care managers will be more than happy to help you identify needs and find practical solutions. Below is a brief idea of some of the many aids that are available to help people live independently, both in their homes and while they’re out and about:

Bathroom:

  • Easy-access showers
  • Bathing aids and bath lifts
  • Shower stools and chairs
  • Toilet aids and accessories
  • Grab rails & non-slip surfaces
  • Easy taps
  • Anti-scald devices
  • Alarm cords

Bedroom

  • Adjustable beds
  • Comfort and padding
  • Support rails
  • Commodes

Living rooms

  • Large lamp switches
  • Adjustable armchairs
  • Lifting seat cushions

Kitchen

  • Adapted cooking, eating and drinking utensils
  • Perching stools
  • Wall-mounted tin/packaging openers

General

  • Door entry systems and key turners
  • Adaptive clothing and footwear
  • Medication dispensers and reminder alarms
  • Ramps and rails
  • Big button telephones or voice activated dialling systems
  • Fall alarms
  • Night lights
  • Aids for getting into and out of cars

If you or your loved one has a need we’ve not mentioned here it does not mean there’s not an aid to address it. If you can’t find what you are looking for, the chances are that we will be able to point you in the right direction.

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