How equipment and technology can help you in your home

Simple equipment, practical aids, new technology 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 or technology can help with everything from monitoring your home, to helping you overcome some of the physical barriers in the kitchen, to helping you communicate.

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.

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.

The Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) offers AskSARA which is an online self-assessment tool that could be useful to identify equipment which may help you before approaching retailers.

Some devices need a smartphone or tablet to control them. These fall into two categories Android or Apple. Shops, and their online stores for example John Lewis, Argos, and Curry's sell both smartphones and tablets as do the mobile phone providers e.g. O2, EE, BT Mobile. Tablets and smartphones can also be purchased online through sites like Amazon.

If you, or the person you are caring for, is having difficulty carrying out day to day activities, an Occupational Therapist may be able to help. They may suggest alternative methods, recommend or loan equipment to support you to undertake tasks safely within your home and recommend minor or major adaptations. They will also be able to provide information and advice including signposting to appropriate services.

All the products listed on these pages are either available through specialist equipment providers or from high street shops like John Lewis, Argos, either in store or online or from online retailers like Amazon.

Whatever you are having difficulty with, chances are there is a piece of equipment or technology that you can buy to help you. Below are pages with some suggestions and ideas how equipment and technology can help you in your home.

Please note: Please read our disclaimer. We do not endorse or recommend any of the products listed above, they are meant for references purposes only.