Equipment - help and advice
At some time in our lives it may become difficult to carry out everyday tasks. Using equipment and technology can mean that you do not have to rely on others to stay independent for longer.
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The NHS have mobility aids such as wheelchairs and walkers. You can ask your GP for more details or go to the Dorset Wheelchair Service website.
The Disabled Living Foundation has information about equipment to help with tasks.
Ask Sara is a useful website which asks questions about the problems you are having and suggests products that might be helpful.
Living Made Easy provides advice on a wide range of equipment.
Independent Living Centres
Independent Living Centres can help if you are not sure what equipment you need. This is a great way to try out equipment without any pressure. Some items of equipment can even be borrowed for free to try at home.
Technology to help - telecare
Technology can help you to stay independent in your own home, this is sometimes called technology enabled care, assistive technology or telecare.
The equipment can sense risks such as smoke, floods and gas, can remind you to take pills and even call for help if you fall.
Find out more about how technology can help
Sight and hearing centres
We have information about sight and hearing if you have an impairment. We also have sight and hearing centres. Like Independent Living Centres these offer an opportunity to see and try out specialist equipment and to get advice.
Occupational therapists can visit you at home to talk about what you might need.
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