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.

How can an occupational therapist help?

An occupational therapist (OT) is a professional who provides advice and equipment to help people stay independent and carry on doing the things they want to do.

Your GP or medical team can refer you to an OT. They will do an assessment to work out what equipment is needed and help you get it. This might include ways to raise a seat to make getting up easier, or grab rails to get out of the bath.

Some equipment may be free. This will depend on your local council. Your local hospice may also provide some equipment.

If you are thinking of buying any equipment yourself, the Disabled Living Foundation can provide information. You may be able to claim benefits or apply for a grant to help with the cost.

If you only need equipment for a short time, such as after surgery, the hospital or district nurse may supply this. Charities such as the British Red Cross also lend equipment.

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

“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 October 2021

Review date February 2024