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.

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.  

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:

ID: 2034, revised 28/06/2022