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Equipment for independent living

Make life easier at home and maintain your independence.

Equipment to help you with activities such as bathing, walking, toileting and personal care. The support can range from simple aids to more complex equipment.

Small changes to the home make it easier to live independently and carry out everyday tasks.

Here are some examples:

  • Bed levers, pillow lifts, mattress lifters
  • Grab rails, raised toilet seats, commodes
  • Bath boards and seats
  • Amplified doorbells and phones
  • Talking clocks and large-button phones
  • Standing and mobile hoists
  • Kitchen equipment
  • Care technology equipment


AskSARA is an easy-to-use, award-winning online self-help guide that is particularly useful if you are not sure what items might help you in every day life. Choose a topic, answer some questions and get advice.

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Where to buy equipment

You may wish to buy simple equipment like toileting and bathing aids, walking frames and walking sticks at your local pharmacy. Find your local pharmacy through NHS Choices

Here are some other suggestions:

Support from us

If you would like to talk to us about equipment and what additional support we provide, please contact Social Care Direct by email socialcaredirect@barnet.gov.uk or phone 020 8359 5000.

If we are able to provide equipment, this will be provided by our supplier Millbrook.

Equipment ranges from relatively simple items, such as walking sticks, crutches and walking frames to aid mobility, to complex equipment like beds, hoists and pressure care equipment.

Returning equipment

Equipment issued through our partner Millbrook is on a loan basis and must be returned when it is no longer required. 

Get in touch to arrange pick-up:


Millions of pounds worth of equipment items and wheelchairs are thrown away each year by people who no longer have a need for it.

This means that we can’t recycle it and issue it out to other residents, who may need it to maintain their independence, or to help them stay in their home instead of being admitted to hospital or care homes.

Equipment can help you live an independent life

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