Equipment Advice Service

Do you need to buy or hire equipment or daily living aids to help you live at home independently?

There is a wide range of equipment and disability aids which can help you get about safely and manage in your home. Before you buy equipment it’s worth getting independent advice to make sure that the type of equipment you’re getting is going to best meet your needs.

The Equipment Advice Service offers members of the public free impartial advice and guidance on a wide range of daily living equipment and aids.

We can help you choose the right product for your needs. We can offer advice over the phone, by email or you can make an appointment to visit our Independent Living House in Spennymoor.

Our staff can:

  • advise you about specific disability aids, equipment and services
  • help you find products, information and suppliers
  • make an appointment for you to visit the Independent Living House

What does the Independent Living House offer?

You can make an appointment to visit our demonstration centre in Spennymoor to try out a wide range of daily living equipment including:

  • walking frames
  • perching stools
  • kitchen equipment
  • household gadgets
  • stairlift
  • bathlift
  • telecare equipment
  • specialist sensory support products

Although we do not sell equipment we can provide you with the opportunity to try items at the Independent Living House before committing to buying or hiring.

Other details

Cost description
Free advice and guidance
Referral and availability notes

Our service is available to anyone who lives in County Durham and has difficulty managing everyday activities. Relatives or carers of someone with a disability can also access the service.

Disabilities may include:

  • physical disability
  • sensory support needs
  • children with a disability
  • learning disabilities
  • mental health

Durham County Council's Families Information Service does not promote nor endorse the services advertised on this website. Anyone seeking to use/access such services does so at their own risk and may make all appropriate enquiries about fitness for purpose and suitability to meet their needs.
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