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Equipment for daily living in North Dorset

The following professionals can offer advice on aids equipment or adaptations that may help support your daily living.

District nurse

Generally, the nurse will assess which aids you will need to help with medical and nursing care at home, such as commodes, hospital beds, special mattresses or a backrest for your bed. For more information, call the District Nurse at your surgery or talk to your GP.

Physiotherapy service

Generally, the physiotherapist will assess your need for mobility aids such as a zimmer frame. Physiotherapy services are available via your GP surgery, mental health units, day centres, and in people’s own homes if they are unable to visit the units because of ill health problems. Referrals are made via your GP or hospital teams. Domiciliary physiotherapists maintain a close working relationship with Social Services.

Occupational therapist

The occupational therapist assesses aids, equipment or adaptations that may be needed to enable a person and their carer to live as independently as possible. This may be a raised toilet seat, bath seat or a door entry system. Adaptations may be carried out, such as widening doorways or building ground floor bathrooms. If the need is not considered to be urgent, there may be a delay before an assessment can be made. For more information, call the Occupational Therapists at your local Social Services office.

Dorset Direct: 01305 221016 Minicom: 01305 267933
Email: adultaccess@dorsetcc.gov.uk www.dorsetforyou.com

Adult and Community Services out of office hours Emergency Duty Team: 01202 657279.


Information and advice about aids and equipment

Local information and advice

The following organisations work in partnership with Dorset County Council to provide information and advice about equipment for daily living.

The Greenwood Centre for Independent Living

Maiden Castle Road
Tel: 033 300 30010 – (ask to be put through to the Greenwood Centre)

Occupational therapy and other staff at the centre offer free and impartial assessment and advice to anyone who is experiencing difficulty with maintaining their independence, and will work with them to identify practical solutions to these difficulties. There is a wide range of products for you to look at and try to see if they suit your individual needs. Products include:

• Bathing and showering products

• Riser-recliner and armchairs

• Wheelchairs, scooters, walking products

• Meal preparation, feeding and drinking products

• Beds and associated products

• Clothing and personal care products including toileting, washing, dressing aids

• Moving and handling equipment

• Telecare solutions

Visits to the centre are by appointment only between the following times: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays opening times 9am – 4pm.

National organisations

Disabled Living Centres Council

Disabled Living
Burrow’s House
10 Priestley Road
Wardley Industrial Estate
Manchester, M28 2LY
Telephone: 0161 607 8200
Fax: 0161 607 8201
Email: info@disabledliving.co.uk www.disabledliving.co.uk

Information and advice about aids and equipment for daily living such as wheelchairs, pressure cushions and bath seats etc.

Disabled Living Foundation

For information about equipment and aids call 0845 130 9177 Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. Also visit www.dlf.org.uk
May also have details of some second hand equipment suppliers.

National Benevolent Fund for the Aged (NBFA)

32 Buckingham Palace Road
Tel: 020 7828 0200
Fax: 020 7828 0400
Email: info@nbfa.org.uk

The National Benevolent Fund for the Aged was founded to improve the quality of life for older people in the UK who live on a low income. NBFA does this by providing direct, practical assistance through the provision of emergency alarms. TENS pain relief machines as well as organising free holidays.

Stroke Association Helpline

Stroke House
240 City Road
Main telephone: 0207 566 0330 or National Helpline 0303 303 3100
Dorset telephone number: 01962 893725
Website: www.stroke.org.uk


Equipment for short term loan or hire – voluntary organisations

The British Red Cross (National Office)

Uk Office, 44 Moorfields
Tel: 0344 871 11 11
Email: information@redcross.org.uk

Equipment and wheelchairs available on short-term loan at local outlets across Dorset. Reconditioned equipment also available for purchase including wheelchairs, ask at local offices for further details of what is available. Will accept donations of used equipment that is in good condition. Local outlet centres listed below.


Unit 5 Parkway Farm Business Park
Middleway Farm
Telephone: 01305 215951

MS Society – Gillingham & Shaftesbury

Advice, support and information for people with MS, their families and carers. Able to offer a listening ear and signpost to sources of practical help. Staffed entirely by volunteers. For further details call: 01747 822732

North Dorset Disability Information Service (NORDDIS)

NORDDIS is a one-stop shop for anyone experiencing problems remaining independent due to disability, illness or frailty. Offers help with benefits, including home visits if necessary, access information on a range of subjects such as accessible holidays, disability equipment, care homes, social clubs, transport and access problems. Also,
mobility aids for sale at profit-free prices and equipment for loan. Many NORDDIS volunteers are disabled people. For further information contact:

3 Newbury Court
Dorset, SP8 4QX
Tel: 01747 821010 (Contact: Eileen)
Email: admin@norddisnewbury.com


An application for a wheelchair can be put forward by the District Nurse, Physiotherapist or the Occupational Therapist. Your GP must approve and sign the form before an application can be processed.

The Wheelchair Clinic will process the request. If a special wheelchair is required, such as a powered one or one with special seating, the Occupational Therapist will arrange to see you to arrange this.

This service, which is managed by the South and East Dorset Primary Care Trust, covers all patients registered with a General Practitioner in the area of the Bournemouth, Poole and South and East Dorset Primary Care Trusts.

The Service provides wheelchairs and special seating for wheelchairs on a loan basis to patients who have been assessed by their Doctor or an accredited professional as having a long term mobility need i.e. more than six months, (except for terminally ill patients).

The Wheelchair Clinic at St Leonard’s Community Hospital is staffed by specialist Occupational Therapists, Rehabilitation Engineers and Administrators. Clinics are held at St Leonard’s and assessments and ‘follow up’ visits are made to patient’s homes, special schools and other locations.

Any patients wishing to contact the Wheelchair Clinic should telephone 01202 892874 or fax 01202 870553.

The Wheelchair Service has a contract with ICR Mobility Limited for the repair and maintenance of wheelchairs supplied under the NHS by the Service. Wheelchair users can contact ICR Mobility Limited, who are at Ringwood, by telephoning 01425 891122.


Wheelchairs for hire

Bournemouth Hearing and Mobility

91 Poole Road, BH4 9BB
Telephone: 01202 540852
Email: bournemouth@hearingandmobility.co.uk

Manual wheelchairs and electric scooters for hire.
Free Home Trials and Demonstration available. Additional branches located at Salisbury and New Milton.

Dorset Nursing Supplies

3 Wickham Road
Telephone: 01202 425070

Wheelchairs to buy or hire, engineering service for repairs.


Returning aids and equipment

When aids or equipment are no longer required, contact the organisation that supplied them to you. For equipment supplied to you via Adult and Community Services Occupational Therapy departments you can contact NRS, on 0844 89 36 364 who will arrange collection.

Private equipment suppliers


16 Elmtree Road
TW11 8ST
Helpline: 0845 130 2704. Open Mon- Thurs 9am- 4pm.
Email: info@backcare.org.uk

BackCare is an independent national charity registered as the National Back Pain Association that helps people manage and prevent back pain by

• Providing evidence-based information

• Promoting best practice in the prevention and management of back pain

• Funding research into causes, treatments and management of back pain

• On-line shop for books and equipment.

• Local support groups and courses.

Bournemouth Hearing and Mobility

91 Poole Road, BH4 9BB
Tel: 01202 540852
Email: bournemouth@hearingandmobility.co.uk

The showroom houses a range of products.
Free Home Trials and Demonstration available. Additional branches located at Salisbury and New Milton.


Brett’s Pharmacy

2-3 High Street
Ringwood, BH24 2HP
Telephone: 01425 470982

Aids for independent living and disability products. Bath lift demonstrations. Free local delivery, but £10 for Verwood, Bournemouth, Poole and beyond.

Care Shop

Unit B Circle Court
Warrenbruce Road
Trafford Park
Manchester, M17 1LB
Telephone: 0845 226 8744
Fax: 0161 848 4040

A mail order catalogue with incontinence products and independent living aids.

Dorset Nursing Supplies

3 Wickham Road
Bournemouth, BH7 6JX
Telephone: 01202 425070

A wide range of disability aids to buy or hire, medical and nursing equipment, including continence care, wheelchairs, household furniture and engineering service for repairs and inspection.

Homecraft Rolyan

Nunn Brook Road
Sutton In Ashfield
Nottinghamshire, NG17 2HU
Telephone: 08444 124 330
Fax: 08448 730 100
Email: homecraftsales@abilityone.com

Specialise in mail order products.

Mobility UK Solutions

86 Oakdale Road
BH15 3LQ
Tel: 01202 678004
Email: enquiries@monilitysolutions.co.uk

Offer a wide range of products to help you in your every day life. Suppliers of mobility scooters, wheelchairs, riser & recliner armchairs, homecare products, second hand equipment, ramps. Able to service and repair equipment, carry out car adaptations, access to wheelchair adapted vehicles.

Poole Mobility Ltd

Unit 3 Fleetwood Court
431 Wimborne Road
BH15 3EE
Telephone: 01202 676865
Fax: 01202 682881

Suppliers of equipment and aids to daily living for disabled and elderly people. Wheelchair access to store, free home demonstrations of equipment. Located close to the Fleetsbridge Roundabout, bus stops within easy reach and customer parking.


530 Wimborne Road East
Ferndown, BH22 9NG
Telephone: 01202 890782
Fax: 01202 890781

Suppliers of aids and equipment to help make life easier in the home. A confidential and discreet service, with free delivery. Open Monday to Friday from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm.
Help for people with sight or hearing problems

Dorset Blind Association

17 Bournemouth Road
Lower Parkstone
BH14 0EF
Tel: 01202 712 861

The Dorset Blind Association Resource Centre has a wide range of low vision aid equipment to help make life easier for people with sight loss for example talking clocks, watches and CCTV equipment. The Association also provides social and handicraft clubs across Dorset and a home visiting service, as well as a transcription service which provides information in an accessible format for visually impaired people, such as Braille, large print and audio tape transcription and awareness training. Call into the Sight and Hearing Centre any weekday between 9.00am and 12 noon.

Dorset Adult and Community Services

Dorset Adult and Community Services have several information centres for people with a visual or hearing impairment. The specialist workers offer advice, equipment to try, information and contact with other organisations. Call your Adult and Community Services local office to check whether an appointment is necessary. They are open most Wednesdays from 10.00 am to 12.30 pm and 1.30 to 4.00 pm. For further information contact: Adult Access Team 01305 221016, email: adultaccess@dorsetcc.gov.uk , website: www.dorsetforyou.com


Deaf Awareness Technology

16 Furzey Road
BH16 5RW

Tel: 01202 682795
Email: sales@deafawarenesstechnology.co.uk
www.deafawarenesstechnology.co.uk www.diyloopsystems.co.uk

Specialists in personal sound amplifiers, loop systems, visual alert systems, alarm clocks and smoke alarms. Technicians will install equipment across Dorset and Hampshire.

Royal National Institute for the Blind

105 Judd Street

Helpline: 0303 123 9999 – Open Mon- Fri 8.45am-5.30pm
Tel: 020 7388 1266 (Admin).
Email: helpline@rnib.org.uk

Large range of catalogue products for sale, which are targeted at visually impaired people. Catalogues are available in print and online, disk and tape forms, and in Braille.

RNID for deaf and hard of hearing people

19 – 23 Featherstone Street
London, EC1Y 8SL
Telephone: 0808 808 0123 (freephone)
Text phone: 0808 808 9000 (freephone)
Fax: 020 7296 8199
Email: informationline@rnid.org.uk www.rnid.org.uk

The information line is a great place to start if you want information on any aspects of deafness, hearing loss or tinnitus or just general information on the work we do. The RNID Information Line offers free confidential and impartial information on a range of subjects including employment, equipment, legislation, benefits and many issues relating to deafness and hearing loss. Trained Information Officers respond to requests via telephone, voice and textphone, email, letters and fax. The service enables enquirers to take further action themselves. If this is not feasible, or there may be better course of
action, the Information Officers give details of local and national organisations that may be able to help.


Adaptations in the home

Disabled Facilities Grants

Disabled Facilities Grants are designed to make your home more suitable and help you to manage more independently.

Social Services will arrange for an Occupational Therapist to visit the property to make sure the work is actually needed and then there will be a means test.
Discretionary and mandatory grants are available.

• Discretionary Grants cover work to make the property suitable for the accommodation and welfare of a disabled person. The local authority decides whether to give you a grant and how much to give.
• Mandatory Grants are dependant on your financial circumstances and cover work that is considered necessary by the council to make the home suitable for a disabled person. The work has also to be reasonable and practical. Works covered by a mandatory grant under the Disabled Facilities Grant include:

1.Improving access in and out of the home

2.Improving access to rooms within the home

3.Providing suitable kitchen and bathroom facilities

4.Adapting heating or lighting controls

To apply for a Disabled Facilities Grant contact your local Social Services office and ask for an Occupational Therapist (OT) to come and assess your needs and any work that might be necessary.

The first stage includes the OT assessment followed by an informal means test. You will then be told what your expected contribution is likely to be. The Housing Authority will then ask for more detailed information.

For further information contact the Occupational Therapist at your local Adult and Community Services office on the numbers listed below.

Dorset: Adult Access Team – 01305 221016

Adult and Community Services out of office hours Emergency Duty Team: 01202 657279.

Dorset County Council areas

If you live in areas covered by Dorset County Council and need advice about Disabled Facilities Grants, adaptations to your home, or Handyman schemes in your area contact:

Dorset Accessible Home Service: Tel 0333 00 300 10 – services may then be carried out by:

Milbrook Healthcare
Dorset Home Improvement Agency
Millenium House
2A Sunrise Business Park
Blandford Forum
DT11 8ST
Email: dorsethiacontactus@milbrookhealthcare.co.uk

Other useful information

Bentley Mobility Services Ltd
Unit 19, Highview Business Centre
GU35 0AX
Tel: 01420 470730 (Admin)
Freephone: 0800 068 8462
Website: www.bentleymobility.co.uk

Bentley Mobility Service Ltd provide stairlifts and through floor lifts. All engineers are trained to the highest standards by the manufacturers and provide excellent service at competitive rates. Able to supply equipment whether you are buying privately or applying for a grant.

RADAR- the disability rights people

12 City Forum
250 City Road
Tel: 020 7250 3222
Fax: 0870 141 0337
Minicom: 020 7250 4119
Email: radar@radar.org.uk

A network of information and advice for disabled people including accessible buildings, toilets, and where to obtain RADAR keys to access disabled toilets.

White Rose Collection Ltd

PO Box 5121
BH21 7WG
Tel: 01202 854634
Email: sales@whiterosecollection.com

Underwear, Swimwear, and accessories specially designed for people with stomas.







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