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Choosing the right equipment to assist with maintaining your independence can be a minefield. There are many variations if the same item, all essentially doing the same job but working slightly differently; how can you choose which is the best type, make or model for you?

When you’re purchasing bigger items, it is important to establish the return policy or money back guarantee should you trial the product and then decide that it is not right for your needs. Sales advisers are very skilled at their jobs and as such my advice would be to approach with caution, and be clear about what it is you need.

Some equipment is still available through statutory services so if you want to save money and don’t mind waiting, then it may be worth contacting your local social services or speaking with a professional at the hospital or GP surgery when you next visit.

If, however, you want to buy your own equipment, but you’re not certain what it is you need, then an occupational therapist, physiotherapist or speech therapist may be able to advise you.

Things to consider when purchasing equipment:

  • What is your difficulty?
  • Could this item help you?
  • Do you have enough grip, or strength to operate it?
  • Is it the right height?
  • Is it the right width?
  • Can you control it?
  • Does it have washable covers?
  • How much does it cost to insure?
  • Are the parts expensive to replace?
  • Does it have a guarantee?
  • Is it going to meet your needs?
  • Do you need to maintain it with annual servicing, what are the service costs?
  • How much does is cost with the accessories?
  • What is the delivery time?