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If you are considering re-planning your home to accommodate a disabled or elderly person then you will find there is a range of disability equipment available to aid accessibility in the home.

Physically disabled people, particularly wheelchair users, will probably need to get disability equipment and fixtures permanently installed in their homes so they can live independently there.

Disability equipment worth considering includes a stairlift, a powered bath lift, a chairlift, a powered height-adjustable bed, and powered leg-lifters for those who have difficulty lifting their legs into bed. Along with this equipment there are other changes that can be made to improve accessibility in the home, such has having doors widened and ramps installed.

If you are considering buying a stairlift, which are perhaps the most expensive but definitely one of the most useful forms of disability equipment in the home, then you should be aware that there are a number of different types of stairlifts. These include seated stairlifts, which are the most common type used in a domestic setting, standing stairlifts, which can be used by people who are able to walk and stand while travelling on the stairs, and stairlifts with a wheelchair platform.

People who have limited use of their hands and arms may want to invest in some of the gadgets and devices aimed at making their life easier. Among the products available in the UK today are clamps and holders to keep jars stable so they can be opened with one hand, kettle tippers, non-spill cups and specially adapted cutlery.

If you are looking for devices to help a person with memory loss then consider buying memory aids, such as clocks with large faces, noticeboards, and boxes with a pill compartment for each day of the week.

A hugely important aspect to independent living is personal safety and there are many types of alarms available for an elderly or disabled person in case they have an accident or fall ill while alone at home. The most common type of alarm for these situations is a community alarm that allows a person to contact 24-hour response centre by simply pressing a button on a pendant or wristband.

For more information about the types of disability equipment that could help you or a loved one, contact an occupational therapist as they are specially trained to give advice about individual items of disability equipment. Once you have decided what type of disability equipment you want, make sure to try it out, perhaps as a short-term trial at home, to ensure itís right for you.

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