Everyday life at home

Everyday life at home

Most people want to look after themselves as much as possible. Some of us need help and support to live independently. You might get help with some tasks from other people – like friends, family or professional carers. But with the right equipment, you might find you can do more for yourself than you thought.

Some really simple pieces of equipment can make a big difference. Sitting down and getting up again might be easier if you have your armchair raised on special blocks. With a ‘helping hand’ grabber you can pick up small items from the floor without bending down, and a special lap tray will help you keep a plate steady while you eat. If you find it difficult to use electrical plugs, turn handles and knobs, or use keys, you can get equipment to help with those tasks too.

There are pieces of equipment, such as flashing lights or pager systems, which can help if you are having difficulties hearing the doorbell or the phone. If you are unable to use the phone any more, we can consider either amplified phones or alternative methods such as fax or textphone (minicom).