Equipment to help you with personal care, washing, dressing and using the toilet
- Bath lifts can help people get in and out of the bath especially helpful for those with balance and mobility issues and shower seats allow people to sit whilst having a shower, whilst bath boards can be used for people who can sit over the bath. These items following an assessment may also be loaned.
- Grab rails can be used near the toilet, bath or shower to help with balance and support and folding and suction versions also available.
- Smart toothbrushes can check whether someone has brushed their teeth or how well they have brushed their teeth by connecting to an app on a tablet or smartphone.
- Call buttons are useful in places where falls can happen, e.g. bathrooms, and options include waterproof call buttons.
- Various items are available to help people get dressed from simple items like shoe horns, long handled combs, button hooks and dressing sticks.
- Wheelchair accessible clothing for wheelchair and scooter users is also available along with protective covers.
- Smart plugs can be used with any device that connects to mains power. Plug your hair dryer, iron etc into a smart plug and then turn it on or off from your smartphone or device or check that it has been turned off.
- Remote control sockets are controlled by a remote control and do not need a smartphone or device to control them. Plug your hairdryer, iron etc into one and control via remote control.
- Use Surrey Information Point to search for local services, groups and organisations which can help with personal care in Surrey.
Taking care of your health at home
- Fitness and activity tracker watches can monitor and track fitness including distance walked run, calories consumed and also heartbeats.
- Automatic pill dispenser boxes can be locked and then opened at set times with an alarm. District and borough councils community alarms and Telecare services offer a pill dispenser with a lockable sensor and pill reminder apps can be downloaded to your phone which give prompts when it is time to take a tablet.
- Blood glucose or sugar monitoring kits can be purchased along with talking monitoring kits, and talking blood pressure monitors can also be purchased.
- A memory prompt calendar can also remind people when to eat, drink or take their medication, as can a memory diary which can also be set with reminder messages for various activities, eg taking medication, remembering appointments etc.
- Introduction to how smart technology can help (link to video)
- West Sussex County Council has created Independent Living video guides including guides on cooking, bath and shower boards, and using a microwave (link to video)
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