Equipment and adaptations

Getting the right equipment to help you manage at home can make a huge difference.

Equipment for your home might include ways to raise a seat to make getting up easier, grab rails to help you get out of the bath, a wheelchair or a hospital-style bed.

An occupational therapist is a professional who can help you find ways to carry out everyday activities that might be difficult. They will carry out an assessment to work out what equipment is needed and help you get it. Ask your GP or specialist nurse to refer you to an occupational therapist. You can also contact your council, or pay to see a private occupational therapist.

“Get equipment as soon as it is needed to make life more comfortable. Having the equipment at home definitely helped us.”

Help getting equipment

Some equipment may be free, but you may need to pay towards the cost of some things. This will depend on your local council. You may be able to claim benefits or apply for a grant to help with the cost.

Your local hospice may also provide some equipment. If you are thinking of buying any equipment yourself, the Disabled Living Foundation can provide information.

If you only need equipment for a short time, such as after surgery, the hospital or district nurse will usually supply this. But it depends on your local services. Charities such as the British Red Cross also lend equipment.

“Keep persisting until you receive all the advice, support and equipment you need. There’s no such thing as a silly question and sometimes if you don’t ask you don’t get.”

Updated September 2019

Review date September 2021