Equipment and adaptations for older and disabled people
If you have difficulty using your kitchen, bathroom or stairs, or getting in or out of your home, our occupational therapy service offers a range of services and advice on ways to adapt your home, such as installing a wheelchair ramp, extra hand rails or a stair lift.
Equipment and adaptations
We may be able to help to adapt your home so that you can be more independent and feel safer. You can ask us for an assessment to see what help might be available to you.
Please note that the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham no longer provide certain items of equipment. This equipment is readily available to purchase privately. There are a wide variety of pharmacies across the borough that have showrooms where you can see the equipment and try it out.
Cost of equipment
Some larger pieces of equipment may be loaned to you by the council. This means the equipment is free for you to use for the period of the loan but should be returned if you no longer need it.
If you are offered a prescription to get your equipment, this will also be free and the equipment will belong to you.
You may have to pay for other items, but you can always ask us for advice on what you should get and how much you should expect to pay.
You can purchase a wide range of equipment yourself to help you with difficulties you may have in the kitchen, bathroom, living room or bedroom.
You will be assessed and may be offered a prescription for the equipment you need.
You can take the prescription to any accredited shop to pick up your free equipment. If your equipment isn't in stock, it should be ordered to arrive within 7 days. You can phone up the shop to check that everything you want is in stock before you go.
When you visit the shop with your prescription, it will often be possible for you to "top-up". This means you can choose to buy a more expensive item by paying the difference. this could be an item with extra features, or perhaps in a different colour.
The shop assistant will show you how the equipment works and tell you how to use it.
Dropped kerb grants
To be eligible for a grant you must be over the age of 18 and have substantial difficulty in your mobility. You must have an appropriate hard standing (driveway) in place on your property as the grant will only cover the cost of a footway crossing.
You can arrange for a visit to your home to carry out small jobs you find difficult to do, that will reduce hazards and so prevent falls. Jobs that are not the responsibility of someone else to get done and that you cannot get anyone else to help you with.
Anyone* who lives in their own home or rented property can access the scheme if they are:
- 65 and over
- have a disability or is vulnerable
- are being or have recently been discharged from hospital
- at high risk of falling due to a medical condition
*Proof of eligibility may be needed, and priority will be given to clients who live on their own, or where all household members meet the criteria.
Work the handyperson can do
The handyperson can do lots of small jobs. Examples include:
- fitting grab rails
- making loose carpets and trailing wires safe
- moving small items of furniture around
- one-off gardening work to make your garden safer
- any other small jobs to make your home safer and free from trip hazards
If you have any queries about any jobs you need doing please do not hesitate to contact us and we will advise if we can do it. The type of work is limited to small DIY type jobs taking no more than half a day to carry out.
Cost of the service
This is a free service to all who meet the eligibility criteria so you will not have to pay the cost of any materials nor is there a labour charge.
For more information and contact details visit Harmony House Dagenham.
Telecare and Careline alarms
Older and vulnerable people, particularly those living on their own, need to be able to call for help in an emergency. Telecare equipment can help. You could have a range of automatic sensors placed around your home, or just wear a simple alarm button around your neck or wrist.
Adult Social Care Intake Team
020 8227 2915