Equipment and technology to help you
We want everyone to live healthy, active and independent lives for as long as possible. Also, we want to work with people to enable them to have control of their lives. Assistive technology is one of the ways that can help to achieve this. You can find out more about Assistive Technology.
Also, 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. Examples include stair rails, raised toilet seating, or equipment to help in the bath or shower. You can find out more about minor equipment below.
Minor equipment such as grab rails, half steps and ramps may be provided free of charge by the Council or your registered social landlord. If you live in private property you can contact Adult Social Care Access and Response Team so that an Occupational Therapy assessment can be carried out in your home.
After the assessment, if you are eligible, the Occupational Therapist will identify and agree your needs. Support options will be discussed which may include more complex equipment (e.g. specialised seating to support a person with important daily tasks such as feeding), adaptations to your home (e.g. concrete ramp) and or signposting and advice. For people living in social housing speak first to your Housing Association as they may be able to do this directly.
Disabled Facilities Grant and complex adaptations
If you or someone you live with is disabled, a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) may help pay for major or complex adaptations. These adaptations can help someone access their home with ease, improve comfort, safety and independence.
In general there is no charge for adaptations for those who live in council properties and in some housing associations properties. There is also no charge in owner occupied/privately rented properties however your/the landlord must provide consent to the adaptation(s). If consent is granted you can be provided with assistance to apply for the Disabled Facilities Grant. You may also be required to complete a financial assessment and asked to contribute towards some of the cost for the adaptations.
Disabled facilities grants are means tested and therefore if you are eligible, how much you get depends on your household income and household savings.
Before buying any specialist equipment first consider if it is available from the Integrated Community Equipment Service. This can normally be provided free of charge if you have been assessed by an Occupational Therapist as needing the equipment.
If you have a permanent condition preventing your mobility, please speak to your GP who may refer you to an Occupational Therapist for an assessment. You can also self-refer by contacting the Adult Social Care access and response team to request an OT assessment on 020 7974 4000 Option 1.
If you live in Camden or Islington you may qualify to borrow a manual or electric wheelchair/ scooter from ScootAbility.
Manual and powered wheelchair loans from the NHS are assessed by an Occupational Therapist in the Adult Social Care Access and Response team on 020 7974 4000 (select option 1). Visit the NHS Camden and Islington Wheelchair Service for more information.
Further information about your mobility needs is available below
- Going out and about
- Assessment of your care and support needs
- NHS Choices website - Walking aids, wheelchairs and mobility scooters
Contact the Adult Social Care Access and Response team
You can refer yourself or someone else can refer you, with your consent, by contacting the Adult Social Care Access and Response team on 020 7974 4000 (option 1) requesting an assessment. Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.