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Other sources of information relating to this subject on the Which? website.
ABLEize is a disability resource directory offering a huge range of disability, mobility and health resources as well as links to other useful mobility websites.
Action on Hearing Loss (AHL)
Previously known as the Royal National Institute for Deaf People, AHL is a charity that provides excellent information for people with partial or total hearing loss.
Telephone: 0808 808 0123
Independent charity giving advice to older people, including advice on finding, choosing and financing home care services. The charity also runs handyperson services offering older people help with small jobs around the home.
Telephone: 0800 169 6565
Handyperson services: www.ageuk.org.uk/home-and-care/home-safety-and-security/handyperson-services/
A charity aimed at improving the lives of people living with dementia. Their online shop has many products specifically for dementia sufferers.
Telephone: 020 7423 3500
Helpline: 0300 222 11 22
Online shop: http://shop.alzheimers.org.uk/
In Scotland, contact Alzheimer Scotland – Action on dementia
A web-based information resource on assistive technologies (including telecare) for people with dementia. In addition to general information, the website contains a database of products that may be appropriate for people with dementia.
Telephone: 0116 257 5017
Care & Repair
A national charity aiming to improving the housing and living conditions of older people and disabled people.
Care & Repair England
Telephone: 0115 950 6500
Care & Repair Scotland
Telephone: 0141 221 9879
Care & Repair Cymru
Telephone: 0300 111 3333
Co-operative Independent Living
This website offers a range of disability aids and healthcare equipment designed to make life easier for older people in particular.
Telephone: 0800 622 6001
Disabled Living Centres
See Assist UK (above)
Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) and Living Made Easy
The Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) is a national charity providing impartial advice, information and training on independent living. They have developed the Living Made Easy website to give further information about products and equipment, with links to commercial retailers.
DLF helpline: 0300 999 0004 (10am-4pm weekdays)
DLF website: www.dlf.org.uk
Living Made Easy helpline: 0300 999 0004
Living Made Easy website: www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk
The DLF also has an equipment library for simple electronic aids, which allows people to borrow and trial certain products - see www.dlf.org.uk/library
Independent 4 Life
Independent 4 Life provide specialist products to assist older and disabled people looking for increased independence in their day-to-day lives.
Freephone: 0800 500 3001
Living Made Easy
See Disabled Living Foundation (above)
Rica (formerly Ricability) is the trading name of the national research charity Research Institute for Consumer Affairs. They focus specifically on issues of concern to disabled and older consumers. Their website has many guides to products relating to mobility, the home and technology.
Telephone: 020 7427 2460
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
The RNIB has an online shop with many products aimed at supporting blind and partially sighted people.
Telephone: 0303 123 9999
Thomas Pocklington Trust
Charity offering help and advice to people with sight loss or reduced visibility.
Telephone: 020 8995 0880
Page last reviewed: March 2015
Next review due: November 2016