Accessibility Options

Gadgets and devices to use around the home

All of us use technology every day.  For example lighting, telephones and vehicles make our lives easier. Choosing the right equipment and 'gadgets' will help you stay independent, and increase your confidence inside and outside your home.

Making things easier in the kitchen

There is a wide range of kitchen aids including non-spill mugs , easy-use cutlery, special bowls and tools to help with food preparation.  You can buy special cups which remind you to drink enough.

You can buy kettle tippers or kettles designed to make it safer to make a cup of tea.

Find out more about help with eating and drinking.

Gadgets for the living room

If it is getting harder to use the telephone or television you can buy easy to use telephones and big button remote controls.

An extra loud doorbell can help you to hear when people come round.

Bathroom, washing and toilet aids

There are tools which can help with:

Bed aids

You can buy equipment such as:

Our partner, NRS Healthcare, has a wide range of aids and devices. You can also buy similar equipment from other retailers.

Steps, stairs and moving around your home

  • You can buy ramps and hand rails to help with steps and stairs.
  • Some people choose to move to a more suitable home, such as a bungalow. 
  • If you have the space and facilities you could choose to live downstairs.
  • Depending on your home and circumstances, a stairlift may be an option.

Find out more about adaptations to your home.

Wheelchairs and walking aids

A wheelchair might be the right equipment to help you remain independent - either short term or longer term. You can talk to your GP for initial advice. If you are already a wheelchair user, you can contact the wheelchair service directly for re-assessments or advice.

For repair and maintenance of a wheelchair you already have, please telephone the approved repairer Bartrams, on 01353 778 756.

Your GP can also talk to you about a wide range of walking aids, such as frames. These can help to to remain independent and keep doing the things you enjoy. You can also buy mobility aids yourself.

Safe and Well Cambridgeshire provides information and advice on a range of equipment and devices. Go online to use a questionnaire to help identify things that might help you, or telephone 01480 415 719 to talk to an Occupational Therapist.

Community alarms and detectors (Lifeline)

There are various community alarm services in Cambridgeshire (sometimes referred to as Lifeline/Life Line). A community alarm is a pendant alarm in your home which, when pressed, contacts a response centre to notify the service that you need help. A community alarm service can contact the emergency services and arrange for a GP, district nurse, next of kin, or named key holder to visit or help you. Some providers also offer a Key Safe so that trusted people can access your home in an emergency.

If you have a community alarm or lifeline, you can benefit from non emergency support from the Enhanced Response Service

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