Aids And Equipment That May Help You

How to get aids that can help you

Small aids or equipment can be used to make the activities of everyday living easier and may also help to prevent falls or get help to you if you have fallen. If you require an aid to help you, you have two main options.

1)     You can be assessed by a health professional such as a District Nurse, Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist, who will determine what you might need and whether you are eligible to receive the aid(s) free of charge via the Trust’s Community Equipment Scheme or have to purchase them yourself. You can access these health professionals through your GP***.

2)     You can purchase the aids directly yourself. If you would like some help in knowing what is available and what would be the best option to meet your needs, you can complete an online, self-assessment tool via the website www.askSARA.org.uk

Tips for Talking to Your GP About Falls –  This leaflet provides practical tips on talking to you GP if you have had a fall or are concerned about falling.

Southern Trust Community Equipment Scheme

The Trust’s Community Equipment Scheme allows members of the public can receive vouchers for simple pieces of equipment to help with everyday living tasks. A list of the items available can be viewed from HERE.

To understand more about this scheme read the leaflet HERE
To see the list of participating retailers in this scheme CLICK HERE.

Specialist Equipment provided by the Southern Trust

The system for specialist equipment has not changed. If your assessment determines that you require more specialist equipment such as a pressure cushion or hoist, these items will be loaned to you by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust and will not be provided via the local retailers. Your health or social care practitioner will make arrangements for these items to be delivered directly to you.

Personal Alarms

If you have had a previous fall or are concerned about falling it is advisable to use one of the pendant alarms that are available. These can help you reach help in the event of an emergency and avoid a long lie if you are injured. Personal alarms can provide independence and peace of mind for older people who live on their own including anyone with a physical disability, a chronic illness, recovering from illness or who are concerned for their security.

They enable you to access help 24 hours a day. Alarm pendants can be worn around the neck or as a wrist band. When pressed, the alarm pendant connects you to a dedicated call centre. If there is an emergency or you have a fall, you can get help quickly. The alarm works in the home or in the garden. Alarm pendant services are provided by a number of organisations including:

AgeNI

To speak to someone Tel: Age NI Enterprises Tel: 0808 100 4545
(Lines are open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.)

Other Sources of Equipment

Items such as shoe horns, handi-grabbers can assist with reaching and lifting tasks. Letterbox cages, sock on devices and others can be helpful in reducing the need to bend down to pick things up or when getting dressed, especially important if a person is experiencing dizzy spells.

For further information on where to purchase these items visit The Helping Hand Company website.
Other providers can also be found by carrying out a web search on the term ‘aids for daily living’.

Now read the section IF YOU HAVE HAD A FALL.