Caring & Equipment

5 walking aids

As a carer, you will want your loved one to live as independently as possible – different types of equipment can help support this aim. Any decision regarding equipment would be made as part of the community care assessment process by a social worker or occupational therapist. A Carer’s Assessment may also reveal a need for equipment.

Listed below are some of the aids and products that may be of help:

  • Beds and specialist mattresses
  • Walking aids including sticks and walking frames
  • Wheelchairs and scooters
  • Incontinence products
  • Small pieces of equipment to help with everyday tasks such as dressing, food preparation or eating difficulties

Sources of equipment and advice

There are various organisations that can help in sourcing equipment, some of which may provide the equipment free of charge – the Red Cross do lend wheelchairs and other equipment for short periods.

Rica is an independent consumer research charity that produces information for disabled and older consumers on a variety of subjects.

Help is also available from the Disabled Living Foundation a national charity that provides free, impartial advice about all types of home adaptation and mobility products for disabled adults and children, older people, their carers and families.