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Simple equipment or small changes to your home can make the difference between living independently and needing someone to help you or it can make caring for someone easier.
Equipment providers can help with everything from walking aids and grab rails to equipment to help you get dressed.
Some equipment can be loaned by Surrey County Council if you have eligible needs. However you can also get advice on what is available to meet your needs and purchase equipment directly from a range of different companies.
Search Surrey Information Point to find a local equipment provider or complete our quick and easy-to use online checklist to get an indication of whether you are likely to qualify for social care support. As well as providing you with information on the support you could access locally, the checklist will also tell you if it might be worth spending time to do a full support needs assessment.
You can also get advice on what is available to meet your needs and purchase equipment directly from a range of different companies. The Disabled Living Foundation has introduced AskSARA which is an online self-assessment tool that could be useful to identify equipment which may help you.
If you are looking for mobility aids such as a walking stick or a walking frame, you can speak to your GP to request a referral to Physiotherapy. Your GP will be able to discuss referrals to other appropriate services such as the Wheelchair service, Continence service and District nurses.
Equipment already on loan?
Over 100,000 pieces of equipment are loaned in Surrey across the course of the year. This includes things like: walking frames, crutches, grab rails, bath seats, commodes and adjustable beds.
A lot of equipment can be reused or recycled when it is no longer required and can then be used to support other people in need.
If you already have equipment on loan from Surrey County Council and your needs have changed, or you think your equipment needs attention, please let us know.
We will advise you on how your equipment needs can be reviewed, arrange to get equipment checked (where necessary) or how you can arrange to return any equipment that is no longer required.