Equipment and changes to your home

Equipment, aids and adaptations to help you live at home

What does it do?

We work with the NHS to provide equipment that helps people stay independent in their own homes. There are different sorts of equipment available, such as:
- moving and handling equipment, including hoists and transfer aids like boards, sheets and slings to help carers move a person
- walking aids
- bathing aids
- pressure relieving equipment such as mattresses and cushions
- adjustable beds which can be raised and lowered.

You may need to make changes to your home to make it easier for you to get around and manage your everyday life. For instance, you might need:
- a ramp fitted for a wheelchair
- grab rails
- a sensor, monitor or alarm put in so you can alert people if you are unable to get to a phone.

If you need equipment

Please get in touch with your district nurse, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, case manager or a qualified assessor. They are the only people who can request it for you.

The equipment will be delivered directly to the home of the person who needs it.

If you need changes to your home

We look at everyone's situation individually by giving you a needs assessment (also known as a community care assessment) and will tell you what we can do to help you adapt your home. Our technicians also work with occupational therapists where necessary to make sure any adaptations are suitable for you.

Who it is for?

For older and disabled people to help them live independently at home.

Where it is available?

Local service (Gravesham, Maidstone, Medway, Swale, Thanet, Tonbridge & Malling, Tunbridge Wells, Ashford, Canterbury, Dartford, Dover, Sevenoaks, Shepway).

What it costs:

To help with the cost there are currently grants available from local district councils called Disabled Facilities Grants. These grants are means tested so you may not be eligible for some or any help towards the cost of your work.

How to access or apply for it:

Call 03000 41 61 61 or email social.services@kent.gov.uk

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Info last updated:

04/08/2022