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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.
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/
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
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
For a guide to stair rail options, go to this page on the Living Made Easy site.
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
Page last reviewed: March 2015
Next review due: November 2016