How do I buy my own equipment?
Sometimes, if you are assessed as having a requirement for daily living aids to help you at home, you may be able to get this equipment free of charge through your local authority. However, dependent on the extent of your needs, not all daily living aids are provided for you and you may need to purchase some yourself if you think they will help.
Many local authorities provide a basic range of daily living aids, and they are unable to offer you much choice as to the type and style of equipment you can have free of charge. For example, if your OT recommends you have a rise and recline chair to help you sit down and stand up more easily, you may only have a small selection or no choice as to the colour, style and so on available on loan to you. You may wish to buy such an item yourself, to get exactly what you want. This is called ‘self-funding’ and means you choose to buy equipment yourself.
There are many different retailers selling daily living aids, both online and in your local area.