Equipment and Aids For Daily Living

What does it do?

There are many items of equipment which can help people to live as independently as possible. These include aids to daily living which help people with:

bathing, e.g. bath boards and seats
using the toilet, e.g. raised toilet seats and commodes
mobility eg hoists, specialist beds and chairs
domestic tasks, e.g. kettle tippers and perching stools
memory loss, e.g. calendar clocks and medication prompts

Adult Social Care Services currently provide approximately 15000 items of equipment a year to older and disabled people. The person will usually be seen and assessed in their own home by an Occupational Therapist or Community Care Worker, who will arrange the provision of equipment that will best meet the persons’ needs.

Who it is for?

The service is for older and disabled people who live in Leicestershire.

Where it is available?

Local service (Harborough, Hinckley & Bosworth, Melton, Blaby, Charnwood, North West Leicestershire, Oadby & Wigston).

What it costs:

Most equipment is provided by the British Red Cross on behalf of Adult Social Services. They will deliver, set up and collect the equipment when no longer required. The equipment is provided free of charge on a loan basis. Some people also use Direct Payments to purchase equipment themselves.

How to access or apply for it:

For further information contact Adults & Communities on 0116 305 0004 or email

What to expect then:

We may offer you advice and information or, if required, arrange an assessment of your needs at home. You can arrange for a family member, carer or friend to be present when we visit. We will talk to you about what difficulties you have with every day tasks and how best we may be able to help you.


Info last updated:

County Hall, Glenfield, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE3 8RA