Social care and support guideHousehold gadgets and equipment to make life easier
If you, or someone you know, struggles with everyday tasks, there might be gadgets or equipment to help make life easier.
There's a range of equipment to help, examples include:
Going to the toilet
- a chair with hidden toilet (commode) – if getting to the toilet is difficult
- push button to flush the toilet
- raised toilet seat
Using the bathroom
- slip mat for the bath or shower
- a rail to help you get out of the bath or shower
- easy to turn handles for taps
Cooking and eating
- a kettle with a holder to make it easy to pour
- knives and forks with special handles to make them easy to hold
- easy to grip jugs or graters
- cups with 2 handles
Getting out of bed or out of a chair
- a rail you attach to the bed (grab rail)
- straps to help you lift your leg (leg lifters)
- things to raise your bed
- reclining chairs
- hooks to help pull zips, undo buttons and pull jackets on
- gadgets to help put socks, tights and pants on
Caring for children
- chairs to help support children in the bath
- seats to help children sit upright
Read about key safes, intercoms and sensors that alert carers if you fall in our guide to personal alarms and home security systems.
How to get gadgets and equipment
Gadgets and equipment can be small or big, and costs vary. These websites will give you an idea of the types of equipment available, what they cost and where to buy them.
How your council can help
Your local council offers a service that assesses your home and recommends equipment or adaptations. Having a home assessment is free.
Your council should pay for equipment that costs less than £1,000. Ask social services at your local council about getting a home assessment.
A home assessment might also identify home adaptations that would make life easier for you.
Getting a grant
If you need it for an illness or disability, you might be able to get a grant to help with the costs.
Independence at Home has grants for disabled people and those with a long-term illness.
Hiring or loaning equipment
You might want to hire equipment, for example to see if it's right for you before buying, if you only need it for a short while or you need it to take on holiday.
Try searching online for:
- specialist disability equipment hire
- local disability equipment suppliers
Help and advice
- Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) offers advice on all types of equipment
- The Research Institute for Disabled Consumers (RiDC) carries out consumer research on equipment for disabled or older people
- Which? Later Life Care has advice about choosing the right equipment
- The Money Advice Service has advice about shopping around for disability aids and equipment
Page last reviewed: 26/07/2018
Next review due: 26/07/2021