Equipment and Technology
There is a wide range of equipment, home adaptations and smart technology available to help you maintain your independence.
Many simple devices and apps can also help someone live independently for longer or give you peace of mind as a carer when you can't be around.
See our useful types of equipment and technology page for some ideas of what is available to use.
How do I know I'm buying the right thing?
Before you buy or loan any equipment it’s worth getting independent advice. This will make sure the type of equipment you’re getting meets your needs. These web sites are very helpful:
- AskSara is an easy to use way to get personalised product advice. You can use this to look into ways you can help yourself with daily activities in your own home.
Where can I buy or loan equipment and aids?
There is a wide range of gadgets and equipment available to purchase from the high street or through homeware catalogues and online retailers.
You can find details of these retailers using Staffordshire Connects. Just put in the word 'equipment' and then add your postcode or the area that you live in.
To get some useful advice and find products that make daily living easier, go to Ask Sara.
Where can I test equipment out?
Many high street retailers that sell equipment and gadgets will be able to give lots of advice about the products they have and show you how the equipment works.
Take a look at these videos of everyday items that might help make things easier.
What equipment can I get provided for me?
If you are eligible for care and support some equipment may be provided / loaned to you, and others may be charged for. Information about charges can be found under funding the cost of care.
Please note: We are reviewing the future maintenance, repair and removal of fixed equipment, this will be discussed by our Senior Management Team and members in June 2017 after the local and national elections.
Whilst this is taking place the current arrangements for your fixed equipment maintenance will continue as before. Please see the frequently asked questions page for further information.
If you are disabled you could apply for a disabled facilities grant that can help you to make the changes you need to your home.
How do I return equipment that I loaned?
Medequip is a provider of community equipment working on our behalf.
For advice on how and where to return equipment loaned from Medequip that you no longer need, get in touch with them via:
Phone: 01785 273950
What is telecare?
Telecare consists of equipment that supports your safety and independence in your own home. It includes sensors or alarms.
The equipment can sense risks, remind you to take pills and even call for help if you fall. A help centre can be contacted automatically if any of these problems occur and can arrange for someone to come to your home or can contact your family, doctor or emergency services.
Where can I get telecare from?
Here are the details of some telecare providers across Staffordshire and how to sign up for the support:
Details about other providers can be found on Staffordshire Connects.