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11) Buying small items of equipment

Examples of small items of adaptive equipment

Clockwise: long handled comb; kettle tipper; easy reacher. Photos are provided with permission from NRS Healthcare: https://www.nrshealthcare.co.uk

Many small items of equipment can make tasks easier. Many carers purchase feeding, dressing or kitchen equipment themselves.

Jar openers, non slip mats for plates, long handled shoe horns or easy reachers to pick items up from the floor are all useful. Check if they can be ordered free of charge from your local authority by self referral before buying.

There are several companies which offer online or mail order equipment. Some areas in  Scotland have local shops where you can buy directly. Check your local telephone directory or yellow pages for shops which supply small personal equipment. Always get advice if you can. Equipment specifically for disabled people is usually VAT exempt and reputable retailers will be able to advise you on this.

See the following link to suppliers for mail order or online:

  • Disabled Living Foundation. Website has excellent fact sheets on all topics related to equipment for disabled .Help line is useful for impartial advice on buying equipment Tel: 0845 130 9177 Monday to Friday 10.00 to 4.00
  • NRS Healthcare. Help line for impartial advice on buying equipment Tel: 0345 121 8111 during office hours. Or try speaking to a product adviser online
  • The Whistling Tortoise 42A Hamilton Place Edinburgh EH3 5AX  For a catalogue tel: 0131 225 6365 open 10.00 to 5.00 Monday to Saturday