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Maintaining Independence

Choosing equipment


Before you buy or hire equipment

  • Do not commit to choosing equipment until you have checked all of the options and suppliers
  • Try before you buy, ask for a demonstration or trial
  • Check the company's policy on returning equipment and warrantees
  • You may be entitled to VAT Relief if you have a disability


Impartial advice

AskSara is a self-assessment tool that gives free advice on what aids and equipment best suit your needs and budget based upon answers you give about your health and abilities.

Disabled Living Foundation is a national charity giving impartial advice on equipment for independent living and have a number of factsheets giving general advice such as features to look for when choosing equipment and where to get further information. 

Living Made Easy is an impartial advice and information website about daily living equipment and other aspects of independent living which aims to provide comprehensive and independent information about daily living equipment available to the public from national suppliers. This product information is supported by expert advice created by a team of Occupational Therapists.  They have specific guidance about: 

  • Chairs - Help and Advice - Includes how to measure for a new chair, standing from a chair, raising the height of a chair, leg rests and head rests.

Research Institute for Disabled Consumers is an independent national charity who provide consumer information and user reviews to help disabled and older people choose the right products and services to lead an independent life.  They have specific guidance about:

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