Daily living aids

When you struggle with health conditions and mobility issues, either temporary or long-term, there is equipment and furniture to help you remain independent in your own home. These daily living aids can be helpful with reablement after leaving hospital.

Community Equipment Service (CES)

You can borrow equipment for short-term use or to ‘try before you buy’. We loan items for up to 12 weeks free of charge.

To apply for an equipment loan or to purchase equipment for long-term use, call CES 01983 528334 or email ces@iow.gov.uk for a current pricing guide and make an appointment to learn how to use the equipment.

The table below lists the equipment available; you can also view our demonstration video.

Getting aroundHelp with reachingFurnitureBed aidsBathingToileting
Elbow crutches
Sock aid
Perching stool
Back rest
Bath board
Raised toilet seat
Walking stick
Leg lifter
Cantilever table
Bed cradle
Shower chair
Walking frame
Helping hand
Foot stool

Shower stool
Static commode
Buckingham caddy
Long-handled shoe horn
Elephants feet

Slipper pan
Kitchen trolley

High back chair

Female urinal

Male urinal

Complex adaptations

The Community Occupational Therapy (OT) Service can offer advice and arrange help for you if your needs are more complex. OT options may include:

  • replacing a bath with a level access shower 
  • providing ramped access to your home
  • widening doorways for wheelchair access
  • providing a stair lift or through-floor lift

To help with the cost of more complex adaptations you may be eligible for a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG). These grants are means tested so it is dependent upon your individual financial circumstances.

To refer yourself or someone else, call Community Occupation Therapy Service on 01983 215774. Opening times 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

The Living Well and Early Help Independent Living Support Service

Focusing on older adults and disabled people, the Living Well and Early Help Independent Living Support Service (LW&HS) can help you access a wide range of opportunities to enable you to live as independently as possible.

Offering members of the public free impartial advice and guidance on a wide range of daily living equipment and aids. Providing help to choose the right product for your needs. Advice can be provided over the phone, or by email.

Living Well Early Help staff can:

  • advise you about specific disability aids, equipment, and services.
  • help you find products, information, and suppliers.
  • make an appointment for you to visit one of our Independent Living Support Clinics.

You can make an appointment to visit one of our Independent Living Support Clinics to try out a wide range of daily living equipment.  LW&HS can help you decide what equipment you need before committing to buying or hiring.

Equipment you can try out includes: 

  •  walking frames
  •  perching stools
  •  kitchen equipment
  •  household gadgets
  •  bath boards
  •  telecare equipment
  •  sensory support products

LW&HS provide help and advice on benefits to help maximise your income. They can help you reduce your outgoings by advising you on how to make your home more energy-efficient. They can tell you about any grants or discounts you may be entitled to. 

For further information: Living Well & Early Help Partnership (lweh.org.uk)

Contact LW&HS:

Email: reception@lweh.org.uk

Phone: 01983 240732

Online form: Living Well & Early Help Partnership Quick Enquiry Form