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There are various gadgets and pieces of equipment available to help you feel safer and more independent at home. If you have a sensory loss, there is specialist equipment available for people with sight or hearing loss.

You may want an emergency help device or 'alarm' to enable you to call for emergency help if you fall or become unwell when you are alone. These kinds of devices (sometimes known as ‘telecare’ or ‘assistive technology') will reassure you and your family and friends that someone can come and help you quickly when you need assistance.

You may need some equipment to help you get around the house. If you need help to:

  • get on or off your chair, bed or toilet
  • get in and out of the bath
  • climb the stairs
  • get in and out of your home

There is plenty of equipment on the market to help you live independently in your home. A visit from an occupational therapist can help you work out what would suit your needs. This might be include a commode, a raised toilet seat, chair or bed raisers or minor alterations like rails or a small ramp. They can also advise whether you can borrow any equipment.

If you are disabled or aged over 60, you can arrange to have someone visit you at home to discuss any repairs or major building work you need. You can also get advice on applying for government grants to help pay for the work. Find out more…

Emergency help or ‘telecare’ devices help people who wish to stay in their own home but need reassurance that help is always at hand. Pressing the button on a telecare alarm and pendant will connect to the call centre in Bristol, where someone will be able to offer you help at any time of the night or day.

Contact Sirona Telecare Service on 01225 477893 or email telecare@sirona-cic.org.uk to find out more.

You may want some equipment to help you live more independently at home. This could be things like equipment to help you get in and out of the bath or on and off the toilet, or things to help you move around the house. Sirona's community equipment service loans a variety of equipment and aids to help people maintain and increase their independence.

Equipment like this that improves independence can also make it easier for carers to care for people with any sort of mobility impairment and improve quality of life for everyone.  Contact the Community Equipment Service (link to on 01225 396 701 or email equipmentservice@sirona-cic.org.uk

Find out more about how equipment to help you live independently can make life easier.

West of England Care and Repair helps homeowners and private tenants who are disabled or aged over 60 with minor repairs and adaptations to the home. Find out about how to apply for grants and loans to pay adaptations.

If you have care and support needs you can call one of our specialist Care Advisers at Sirona Care & Health on 01225 396000 (select option 2) for some information and advice about care and support.

If you already know you are eligible for support, and want to get some specialist equipment or gadgets, contact the Sirona Community Equipment Service on 01225 396 701 or email equipmentservice@sirona-cic.org.uk

If you are disabled or over the age of 60, our home improvement agency West of England Care and Repair helps homeowners and private tenants with home repairs and adaptations.

For emergency call out gadgets, contact the Sirona Telecare Service on 01225 477893 or email telecare@sirona-cic.org.uk.

If you have a disability or are aged over 60, our West of England Care and Repair can help with maintenance or building work on your home.

If you have care and support needs you can call one of our specialist care advisers at Sirona Care & Health on 01225 396000, option 2 for some information and advice about care and support.

If you already know you are eligible for care and support, then equipment and safety devices could be what you spend some of your personal budget on. 

There are means tested grants and loans available to help pay for adaptations like stairlifts or walk in showers, building works or repair jobs. To find out about more, click here.

If you or your friend/family member has a piece of equipment they no longer need, please call 01225 396717 to arrange to have it collected.


If you have care and support needs you can call one of our specialist care advisers at Sirona Care & Health on 01225 396000, option 2 for some information and advice about care and support.

If you have had your needs assessed already and want to get some equipment or gadgets to help you live independently, contact:

The Sirona Community Equipment Service on 01225 396 701 or email equipmentservice@sirona-cic.org.uk

The Sirona Telecare Service on 01225 477893 or email telecare@sirona-cic.org.uk

If you or your friend/family member has a piece of equipment they no longer need, please call 01225 396717 to arrange to have it collected.

General information

A useful Sirona leaflet about how equipment can make your life easier.

 West of England Care and Repair (Tel 0300 323 0700) can provide expertise and support if you are facing bigger building works or repair jobs.

Find out about how to apply for grants and loans to pay for adaptations or repairs.

This helpful Age UK guide gives some useful advice on safety devices and staying safe at home.

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