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Equipment to Help At Home

You may be finding everyday tasks difficult, such as:

  • using stairs and steps
  • washing, dressing and using the toilet
  • getting in or out of a chair.

This may be because you have:

  • a physical disability
  • a long term illness
  • become older and less able.

With the right support and equipment, we could help you become more active and independent at home.


Finding out your needs

When you first get in touch|, we may assess your needs over the telephone and give you advice and information. To qualify for services, your needs must be critical or substantial|. If it appears they are, we visit you at home to discuss how you can be helped. You can involve a family member or friend, if you wish.


What we do

Our occupational therapy staff work with you to:

  • assess the difficulties you have
  • suggest safer and more effective ways of doing everyday tasks for you and the people who help you
  • advise on equipment you can buy to help you at home with tasks such as preparing a meal or personal care
  • loan essential equipment to help with day to day living such as:
    • special cutlery
    • raised toilet seat
    • aids for cooking
    • chair or bed raisers
    • bathing or showering aids
    • specialist chairs or beds
  • advise on telecare—personal alarms, sensors and monitoring devices
  • arrange minor changes to your home, such as hand rails, if you qualify, including recommendations to Housing Landlord if you are a Bournemouth Borough Council tenant
  • advise on major changes to your home, such as a stair lift or level access shower, and help you apply if you are an owner-occupier or live in housing association or privately rented accommodation
  • advise if you are eligible for Disabled Facilities Grant for major adaptations to your home.


Other support suppliers


Walking aids and rehabilitation exercises

For walking sticks, crutches, walking frames and rehabilitation exercises, ask your GP for a physiotherapy referral.


Equipment for medical conditions

For items such as pressure cushions, pressure mattresses, home oxygen, and equipment to manage poor circulation, contact your GP or District Nurse.



Ask your GP for a referral to the Wheelchair Service|.


Continence advice and equipment

Contact your GP or District Nurse.


Mobility Scooters

Contact independent suppliers or look out for a second-hand scooter.


Equipment in nursing/care homes

We help with highly specialist equipment or techniques.


Independent equipment advice and sales

Enable Me Shop and demonstration area in Wallisdown for people buying

their own aids. Phone: 08448 936364


Ask SARA website

Assess your needs online for equipment and advice|


Hanham Centre Independent Living Centre

Assessment centre in Wimborne with free and impartial advice.

Phone: 01202 843560


Are there charges?

You do not have to pay for:

  • the assessment of your needs
  • advice and information to help you with day to day living.


If your needs qualify, you do not have to pay for:

  • essential equipment
  • minor adaptations to your home.

For adaptations to your home costing more than £1,000, a means-tested grant may be available. You may have to pay towards the cost. If you live in a council-owned property, grants and means-testing are not needed.


To find out more contact

Bournemouth Care Direct, Customer Services Centre

St. Stephen's Road, Bournemouth, BH2 6EB


01202 454979|




Related Information


Postal Address Bournemouth Care Direct,
Customer Services Centre,
St Stephens Road, Bournemouth, Dorset
Telephone Number 01202 454979
Fax Number 01202 454975
Email address Care Direct
Out of Hours Telephone Number

Out of Hours:
01202 657279

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