If you are disabled or you are experiencing difficulty with daily living activities, there are a number of equipment and adaptation options available to you.
These equipment and adaptations can support you with a variety of day to day tasks that can help you to remain living in your own home.
These can vary from large equipment like hoists to smaller things such as hand rails.
Equipment and adaptations can help you with –
- getting in and out of bed
- getting on and off the toilet or in and out of the bath
- walking up and down the stairs
- getting in and out of the house
Below is a number of options you may want consider to help you around the house.
Buying adapted equipment
To ensure you can live independently, you should consider what adjustments you can make to your home
You may want to consider what simple things you can change like -
- having grab handles fitted around your home, near doorways and places like the bathroom
- using various devices around your home to make getting around and using facilities like the cooker, sinks and the toilet much easier for you
- using a bed raiser, levers or rails that fit under your mattress, to help you get in and out of bed
If you are not sure what you are looking for, then you should access our equipment house. You can find the equipment house in our E Market place.
The equipment house has lots of suggestions of equipment and adaptations you can make to your home and garden.
The emarketplace is the where you can find lots of products you can purchase to help you live independently. You will find links to various website and local retailers who specialise in adapted equipment and adaptations.
Wheelchairs and rollators
One of the ways to get a wheelchair or rollator is through the NHS. To request either a new wheelchair or a short term loan of a wheelchair for medical reasons (for example illness or an accident), please contact your GP or hospital consultant. They will make a referral for an assessment to the Services to the NRS
The following organisations also supply wheelchairs on short-term loans. Please contact them for details of any eligibility criteria and charging -
- British Red Cross Society - telephone: 01482 499 830
- Age Concern - telephone: 01482 324 644
- Hull Council for Disabled People - Telephone: 01482 326 140
Repairs, servicing or collection of wheelchairs
For repairs, servicing and collection of wheelchairs, please contact the NRS Hull and East Riding via –
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- telephone 03448 936 375
in person –
Hull & East Riding NHS Wheelchair Service
Wheelchair Assessment Centre
11, Reed Street
Please note NRS can only provide this service if the wheelchair was supplied by them. If you bought the chair privately, you are responsible for any repairs.
Public and Community Transport
Our Public and Community transport page has lots information on equipment and support to help you get out and about. This includes information on the Blue Badge scheme and the Mutability scheme.
Hull City Council See and Solve Team
If you feel that you need some support from the council with equipment and adaptations you can contact the See and Solve Team. This team will talk to you about what you can do and will help you to find solutions to things that you are finding difficult.
You can contact the See and Solve Team by completing a self assessment.
Or alternatively you can contact them by telephone on 01482 300 300
Disability Facilities Grant
If you or someone that you live with has a disability, you may be eligible to receive a financial assistance to help pay for adaptations to your home. This is called a disabled facilities grant.
You can apply to us for help to adapt your property to make it easier and safer to live in your home. There are various adaptations available, including –
- stair lifts
- level access showers
To qualify, the person being considered must have –
- substantially impaired sight, hearing or speech
- mental health issues
- substantial physical disability caused by illness, injury or impairment
Our Occupational Therapist needs to visit and assess your needs in your home. Disabled facilities grants are means tested and funding is potentially available up to £30,000.
For more information, telephone 01482 300 300.
Telecare and Kingston Lifeline service
Telecare is a range of equipment and sensors to help people live independently within their own homes.
Telecare is a service for anybody who feels it would help them and is especially beneficial for older, vulnerable and disabled people to call for help whenever it is needed using a trigger button or any of the other telecare sensors.
The service makes a real difference to people’s lives, not only for those using the service to maintain their independence, but also their families, loved ones and carers.
Anyone can purchase telecare equipment.
How telecare works
Some telecare equipment requires you to have a Kingston Care lifeline installed in the property. There is a small weekly fee for this.
Should a sensor be activated, an alert is raised at Kingston Care where trained operators take the most appropriate action. Whether it be contacting your identified responder (they could be a family member, friend or neighbour), your doctor, or the emergency services.
If you do not have anyone who can act as your responder a responder service can be provided for an additional charge. If you require a responder service you will need to pay for the installation of a key safe.
The service is available 24 hours a day.
Not all telecare equipment requires a Kingston Care Lifeline to be installed, for example medication dispensers.
Sensors include –
- Personal trigger – Worn round the neck, on the wrist or attached to an item of clothing, press the button on the trigger for help. A call for help can be raised from anywhere in the home or the garden
- Bed or chair occupancy sensor – provides an early warning by alerting that the user has left their bed/chair and not returned within a predetermined time.
- Smoke detector – Potentially a life saving device, the radio smoke detector provides additional protection by raising an instant alarm call to Kingston Care
To find out more about telecare contact the Hull City Council on 01482 300 300 and ask for the Telecare team.
Kingston Care Lifeline Service
Should you need emergency assistance simply pressing the pendant puts a call through to the Kingston Care Control Centre. The centre is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
This service is available to both council and private tenants but please note that a telephone line connection is required.
The service is charged at £3.16 per week however you may be able to apply for zero rated VAT for the service.
To apply for a lifeline service
Alternatively, you can contact the Hull City Council on 01482 300 300
Assistive Technology for housing
The Hull City Council has new government funding for a pilot project to help people with learning disabilities live more independently and increase their housing choice.
You can adapt your existing home, a council home or a brand new home with assistive technologies to increase your
To make a referral contact the Hull City Council via –
- email AssitiveTechnology@hullcc.gov.uk
- telephone 01482 300 300
- Visit the HCC website (link above) and complete a referral form
Here is a list of local and national organisations and schemes that can support you with buying equipment and adaptations
Hull Aid in Sickness Trust
The Hull Aid in Sickness Trust is a small local charity whose objective is the award of grants for items or services which will provide a benefit to the health and wellbeing of people who are in need, and who are sick, convalescent or disabled.
You can apply for a grant of up to £600 per applicant if you meet the following criteria
- have a recognised illness or disability
- need something that can improve your health and wellbeing
- on low income and unable to buy the item yourself
- must live in Hull
If you meet these criteria, then you can apply for a grant to help buy a piece of equipment to help you live your life easier.
Or telephone them on 01482 595 564 or 07835 472 512
Abelize directory of equipment and adaptations
Ablize has a section which is dedicated to promoting a broad range of mobility aids and disabled accessories. They also have a wide range of every day daily living and healthcare aids.
The Accessible property registe
There are also online resources available that offer a market overview of accessible housing, giving you the ability to customise your search requirements
The Accessible property register was set up in 2003, and the register: -
- specialises in promoting wheelchair accessible and adapted property, and wheelchair access holiday accommodation
- accepts adverts for wheelchair accessible property suitable for disabled people for sale and rent
- promotes wheelchair access social housing and private residential property
- provides links and useful information relating to property and disabled access
Ask Sara was created by the Disability Living Foundation. It is an easy to use, online self-help guide that is particularly useful if you are not sure what items might help you. The site will guide you through a list of questions and will then recommend equipment based on your answers.
The Disability grants website that provides a directory of information on grants that are available for people living with a disability. You can find grants for individuals to help you with education, equipment, adaptations etc.
Disabled Gear is a website that allows you to buy and sell second hand disability equipment and mobility aids online. This site is free to use, no matter the value of the item being sold. Disability gear puts the buyers directly in touch with sellers.
Disability living foundation
The Disability Living Foundation is a national charity that provides impartial advice, information and training on independent living.
Alternatively, you can contact the Disability Living Foundation via -
- email: email@example.com
- telephone: 02072 89 611 (Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm)
Living made easy
Living Made Easy is a website that provides independent advice about independent living for disabled adults and children, older people, their carers and families.
The website has been created by the Disability living foundation’s occupational therapists to provide impartial advice around different types of equipment and adaptations.
Alternatively, you can contact Living made easy on their helpline on 03009 990 00