Equipment to help maintain independence

If you have difficulty coping in your own home, there is equipment which can help so that you can live at home independently and safely. The choice of equipment includes:

  • walking frames
  • text telephones
  • easy to use keyboards
  • large print
  • bathing aids
  • grab rails
  • raised toilet seats
  • voice prompts
  • kettle tippers

There is also automatic monitoring equipment called Telecare which helps to support carers and people living alone. Telecare provides reassurance and can act as an early warning system for some conditions.

Telecare offers home based equipment such as:

  • pendant alarm
  • pill dispenser
  • panic alarms
  • gas detector
  • flood detector
  • telephone prompt service
  • sensors

There are a range of sensors. For instance, a bed sensor can be used to detect when a person gets out of bed at night. If they do not return within a certain period, an alarm would be raised, as they may have fallen. The bed sensor can be used with a light sensor so that when the person gets out of bed the light turns on so they can see where they are going.

Examples of some of the equipment available can be viewed online. More information about our Telecare services can be found on our Forestcare pages.

If you experience difficulties getting around your home, for example having trouble getting up the stairs, you may be eligible for a Disabled Facilities Grant.

If you are interested in finding out more about equipment or whether you are eligible for a Disabled Facilities Grant please contact the Adult Social Care Team.

Locking cooker valve

This simple device can help vulnerable people retain independence at home. It can provide reassurance to family, friends and carers that a gas stove won't be accidentally turned on or left on. For more information visit SGN.

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