Clear, practical advice on daily living equipment
Most people with a long-standing disability will already know what items of equipment can help them. However, if you have recently acquired a disability, or are generally slowing down as you get older, you may want to find out about the useful gadgets and adaptations that exist to make everyday tasks easier.
These items are today known as daily living equipment or assistive technology. However, you may in the past have heard them referred to as aids for daily living, disability aids, disability products, or even disabled equipment!
Before you spend time tracking down an item, remember that some difficulties may be resolved by changing the way you carry out a task, reconsidering your timetable, or even by rearranging the furniture. For example:
When you have carried out an activity in the same way for years, it is sometimes difficult to imagine that any other way is possible or acceptable. However, you may find another approach that is quicker, easier and less tiring.
For nearly 40 years, the Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) has been providing expert advice on matters relating to equipment for independent living. It maintains and updates a huge bank of product and supplier information and disseminates advice and information in a variety of ways including a telephone Helpline; a written enquiry service; by producing a wide range of publications and factsheets on choosing and using equipment; and by running an equipment centre displaying a wide range of useful items. Our trained staff will demonstrate items and discuss practical problems with you.
Please note that the DLF does not sell equipment. We offer independent advice about the whole range of equipment that is available and can give you contact details for suppliers and manufacturers as appropriate.
There are hundreds of companies selling a great many items of equipment. If you are unable to track down a particular item, or wish to receive additional information, please phone our Helpline or write to us.