Different types of equipment can help you to care for the person you’re looking after as well as help them to live independently. A social worker or occupational therapist can make decisions about the equipment that would be most helpful for the person you’re looking after. These decisions are made as part of the community care assessment process. A carer’s assessment may also reveal a need for equipment.
Other organisations can provide:
- beds, cot sides, specialist mattresses and continence pads – District Nurse via your GP
- walking sticks or walking frames – physiotherapy service via your GP
- small pieces of equipment to help with everyday tasks such as dressing, food preparation or eating difficulties – these can be bought from specialist and high street retailers.
Milton Keynes Council can refer you to Community Occupational Therapy for the provision of equipment.
If an assessment has concluded that you need this equipment, it will be provided free of charge. Minor adaptations costing £1,000 or less (which includes the cost of buying and fitting the adaptation) are also provided free of charge. Councils can make a charge for minor adaptations that cost more than £1,000 to provide.
Larger, more expensive items may be classed as adaptations and will be the responsibility of the housing department and provided through Disabled Facilities Grants
Sources of advice
Ricability is an independent consumer research charity that produces information for disabled and older consumers.
Help is also available from the Disabled Living Foundation a national charity that provides free, impartial advice about all types of home adaptation and mobility products for disabled adults and children, older people, their carers and families.