Equipment to help you live independently at home
Contact the Adult Social Care Access and Response Team to find out about being assessed to receive equipment
Telephone: 020 7974 4000 (option 1)
We want everyone to live healthy, active and independent lives for as long as possible and to have control of their lives.
If you are older, have a long term illness or have a disability, you might benefit from having Occupational Therapy service to support you with accessing community equipment to help you remain independent at home.
Occupational Therapy service in Adult Social Care
Occupational Therapy is about supporting people to manage essential daily activities that they difficulty with.
Daily activities may be:
- getting in and out of the bath or shower
- getting around your home, and going up and down the stairs
- sometimes feeling unsafe in your own home such as the possibility of falling, or forgetting to switch off taps and cookers.
There is a wide range of minor equipment available that can be used in your home to make life easier and help you remain independent.
- stair rails
- grab rails
- raised toilet seating
- equipment to help in the bath or shower
- half steps and ramps.
How to access community equipment
There are several ways to access equipment to support you to live independently in your home.
If you live in a Council property or a private property, contact Adult Social Care Access and Response Team and request a care assessment that can be carried out in your home.
After the assessment, if you are eligible for support, the Occupational Therapy service will have a discussion with you about your identified needs and possible support options, which may include:
- more complex equipment (e.g. specialised seating to support a person with important daily tasks such as feeding) that is loaned to you
- adaptations to your home (e.g. concrete ramp)
- signposting and advice.
In Camden, Medequip Assistive Technology provides the Community Equipment Service for both the Council and the NHS. Some community equipment may be provided free of charge. The Occupational Therapy service will provide further details when you have your discussion with them about your identified needs. Further information about the Occupational Therapy service is available.
If you live in a Housing Association property, you can also speak your Housing Association or Registered Social Landlord as they may be able to provide equipment directly.
Returning community equipment that is no longer needed
If you have already benefited from equipment loaned by Medequip Assistive Technology that you no longer need, it can be recycled to help others who need it.
To return equipment at no cost to you, email Medequip at email@example.com or phone 020 7231 6816.
More information about Medequip is available on their website.
Below are some useful websites where you can find more information about products or equipment to support independent living.
Ask SARA is an online self-help guide providing advice and information on equipment and products to support daily living
In Camden, assistive technology is provided by the Careline Telecare
Phone: 020 7974 1491 (option 4)
Visit the Disabled Living Foundation website for advice and information on equipment for independent living