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Disability aids and equipment

There is a wide variety of aids and equipment that can make life easier for people with a disability or health condition, or those who are just finding it more difficult to get around.

There are a number of mobility aids shops in Swansea where you can purchase anything from a mobility scooter or a stair lift, to easy-grip cutlery and velcro-fastening slippers. The advantage of buying locally is that you can try things out for yourself, and perhaps get advice from experienced staff.

If getting to the shops is difficult, there are many online websites which sell aids and equipment.

Short term support

If you are receiving reablement support from Social Services, our community Occupational Therapists may visit your home to look at ways to help you be more independent, and may provide or recommend equipment to help with this.

Sometimes equipment is only needed for a short period, while someone recovers from an illness or accident.

The British Red Cross is able to provide certain mobility equipment on short-term loan (6-12 weeks). They also sell a range of equipment.

Sight or hearing loss

Social Services Sensory Services Team can provide advice on specialist equipment to assist people with sight or hearing loss. They may also be able to arrange for you to visit Swansea Vale Resource Centre where people with sensory loss can trial certain equipment for suitability before purchasing from providers.

Community alarms (lifelines)

Community alarms (lifelines) provide an emergency telephone link for older and disabled people.

Sensory Services Team

This team deals with enquiries and referrals relating to adults with a sight or hearing loss.

Swansea Vale Resource Centre

Provide information and advice for people with a physical and/or sight impairment.

Search for advice and support

We have provided a list of local and national organisations which could offer you further advice and support.