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What is available?

If you have problems bathing, washing or dressing, there is a range of specially designed equipment to help make looking after yourself simpler and help you to stay living independently in your own home.

This could be a bath board and grab handles around the bath area to help you get in and of the bath safely. Or you may need a raised toilet seat to help you get on and off the toilet safely.

All items of minor equipment will help to make life easier for you and enable you to stay living independently in your own home.

Equipment to help you

Who can get it?

Items of minor equipment are available for people over the age of 18, who need practical help due to sight or hearing loss, physical or learning disabilities, frailty or illness. These can sometimes be all that is needed to help you to maintain your independence and quality of life.

There is an online assessment system to help you to identify equipment which can help meet any specific needs and problems that you may have.

Online self assessment for equipment


You can use this if you think you need straightforward equipment or minor adaptations to your home and you would like to make your own arrangements. It will help you to assess your own needs and then provides details of what you can buy and where you can buy it, including local retailers. Remember that you will be responsible for the costs of whatever you decide to buy.

Or you can contact us and someone from our Equipment and Adaptations Service will get in touch to arrange an assessment to see what could make your day to day living easier. We may invite you to attend the assessment centre, visit you at home or discuss your needs with you over the phone.

How much does it cost?

If you use the online self assessment system to choose and order equipment you will be responsible for the costs of whatever you decide to buy. However, if following our assessment we agree that you need equipment to make your day to day living easier, then we will pay the full cost of that equipment, except for some smaller items.  You will be provided with information on where you can purchase these for yourself. 

If you are buying your own equipment you can compare equipment prices on the 'Living made easy' website to make sure you are getting equipment at a competitive price.

Living made easy website


How to get in touch

The Adult Social Care Team is the first point of contact for all referrals and general enquiries. You can contact them from 8.45am to 5pm, Monday to Friday on (01254) 587547. 

When you contact us we'll discuss your situation over the phone to talk about your needs and discuss what equipment is available to help you.

Purchasing your own equipment

If you would prefer to purchase your own equipment, you can visit one of the following local suppliers.  These are locally accredited retailers who can fulfill prescriptions for equipment and have a wide knowledge of what equipment is available.

Homewise - Disability Aids Recycling Centre
Homewise Disability Aids Recycling Centre sells reconditioned daily living aids at a fraction of the recommended retail price to help people remain living safely and independently in their own homes.  Homewise is a charitable organisation and they offer a  free home assessment service throughout East Lancashire performed by trained trusted assessors, this ensures that the client is purchasing the correct product to suit their specific needs. 

Address:  Unit 3, Allied House, Burnley Road, Altham, Lancashire, BB5 5TW
Telephone: (01254) 232249 

Choice Mobility
Address: 104 King Street, Blackburn, BB2 2DT
Phone: 01254 680808
Fax: 01254 848002

Scoota Mart Blackburn
Address: 61 Darwen Street, Blackburn, BB2 2BL
Phone: 01254 680203 or freephone 0800 0198535
Fax: 01254 681314

Mobility Services Plus
Address: 53 Duckworth Street, Darwen, BB3 1AR
Phone: 01254 761894


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