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Equipment for Daily Living

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In this section, you will find information about a range of equipment to enable you to remain independent, get out and about, and to continue to take part in community and leisure activities.

If you would like to know more about what equipment is available, please go to our Home page and search for "disability equipment", which will give you a list of local suppliers.

If you would like to know more about how different types of equipment might help you, visit the AskSARA website. You can complete a short survey about the things you are finding difficult, and the website will tell you more about what equipment is available and how it can help. All types of equipment which would make living easier for residents of Southend can be found on the AskSARA website.

We also provide equipment, support and advice to help you live as independently as possible in your own home.

An Occupational Therapist will visit you to assess your needs and to see if you qualify for equipment or support. If you are leaving hospital, this should be arranged for you. Alternatively, your GP can refer you to the service, or you can contact Southend Care and Support Service via the Access Team on: 01702 215008.


•If you do qualify, we will loan equipment to you. If you wish to buy your own equipment, our Occupational Therapist can give you advice. Alternatively, you could visit our Southend Independent Living website to find out what would suit you best and where to get it. Your GP may be able to provide you with walking frames, continence products, or skin pressure care.

Careline is a home alarm system that means you can contact help in an emergency 24 hours a day, all year round.
•Telecare is a monitoring system that can trigger an alarm for various things such as a fall, flood, gas leak or fire.

Aids for Independent Living

Southend Independent Living has a range of aids to make everyday tasks simpler. Please call 01702 212 021 or visit Southend Independent Living for further information.

Maintenance of Loaned Equipment

•If your loaned equipment is not working properly or is broken, you should contact the Equipment Service on 01702 442133, who will arrange for a repair or replacement.


•We have to check some equipment regularly to make sure it is working correctly. We may contact you by telephone to carry out this check.


•Please arrange the return of any loaned equipment you no longer need by calling the Equipment Service on 01702 442133.