Aids for independent living

Would any of these items help you to live more safely and independently at home?

Tap levers, kettle tippers, bathing stools,alarms, grab rails, ramps etc.
There are a wide range of equipment and adaptations available to assist you with daily living, and a number of organisations that can help you to choose what would best suit your needs.

Disabled Living Foundation

The Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) is a national charity that provides independent advice on mobility aids, disability aids and daily living equipment.
The Council has an accredited retailers list of a number of businesses within the local area who provide advice and sell small items of equipment, such as kitchen, toileting and bathing equipment, and washing and dressing aids. The accreditation means that they have met the Department of Health standards for the assessment and provision of small aids to daily living; as part of the standard, they have received training from us.
From the DLF website, you can access their Living Made Easy site, which offers clear, practical advice on daily living equipment.
Visit the DLF website for more information - www.dlf.org.uk.

AskSARA

One of the DLA's tools, AskSARA , is a guided advice tool developed to help people find solutions to their daily living problems. It very simple and free to use.
To use, just choose the topic you wish to complete, respond to the questions and then go to your report which contains useful advice as well as details of products that might help you. This information is drawn from the DLF's impartial database of equipment that aims to include details of every product on the market.
After viewing your report, you can go back to answer more topics, print the report out or email the report to yourself or a friend.
Visit the DLF website for more information - http://asksara.dlf.org.uk.

Small items of equipment in Bromley

The Council has an accredited retailers list of a number of businesses within the local area who provide advice and sell small items of equipment, such as kitchen, toileting and bathing equipment, and washing and dressing aids. The accreditation means that they have met the Department of Health standards for the assessment and provision of small aids to daily living; as part of the standard, they have received training from us.

The Bromley Independent Living Centre

The Bromley Independent Living Centre (Lewis House) offers advice and guidance on a wide range of equipment and adaptations that will allow you to maintain your independence in your own home for as long as possible. The Independent Living Centre is managed for Bromley Council by Experts by Experience (X by X), where you can find a group of trusted assessors, who will be able to demonstrate the available aids and advise you on which may be of benefit.

Housing Associations - Minor Adaptations

There is an agreement between the Council and Housing Associations in South East London about the provision of minor adaptations. If you live in a Housing Association Property then contact them directly to discuss the minor adaptations you require.
A minor adaptation is defined as one that costs less than £1000 or is one of those listed below within the Minor Adaptations Without Delay list of works including:

  • visual impairment needs – staircase applications, external lighting
  • hearing impairment needs – flashing doorbells, smoke alarm alerts
  • rails – main entrance support rail, grab rails, newel rails, hand rails, stair hand rails

Support from the Council

For the free provision of equipment and minor adaptations, you will need to be assessed by an occupational therapist as having a permanent, substantial physical disability, in line with the Council’s eligibility criteria.

  • In the first instance you should contact Bromley Social Services Direct on 020 8461 7777.
  • If you meet the criteria for assistance following an assessment with an Occupational Therapist, you will be provided with the adaptations that you need - these could include: grab rails, internal or external ramps, etc.
  • It should be noted that Community Occupational Therapists do not provide small items of equipment such as kettle tippers, tap levers, etc. Instead, the accredited retailers list will provide you with contact details for local mobility and independent living aids suppliers.

For short-term conditions and rehabilitation, NHS occupational therapists will provide equipment.

If you have loan equipment, you may find the following information useful:How to Return Loan Equipment

Useful links

Disabled Living FoundationLiving Made EasyAskSARAAdvice about buying mobility aidsBromley Independent Living Centre