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Best online shops for independent living products, and specialist retailers for people living with Alzheimer’s, dementia, hearing loss, low vision and disabilities.
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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. It also has an online shop with a range of products for people with hearing loss, deafness or tinnitus.

Alzheimer’s Society
A charity aimed at improving the lives of people living with dementia. Its online shop has many products specifically for dementia sufferers.

Argos
Search for ‘independent living’ on the Argos website and you’ll find a range of aids to help with mobility, home living and leisure time. You can use its Fast Track service to order online and collect from your nearest branch.

AT 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.

Call AT Dementia on 0115 748 4220.

Boots 

Search for ‘independent living’ on the Boots website and there is a small range of aids. You can order them online and collect from your nearest branch.

 

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.

 

Call the Co-operative on 0800 622 6001.

 

Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) 

The Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) is a national charity providing impartial advice, information and training on independent living. The DLF also has an equipment library for simple electronic aids, which allows people to borrow and trial certain products. 

 

Call the DLF helpline: 0300 999 0004 (10am–4pm weekdays).

 

Independent 4 Life 
Independent 4 Life provides 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

Living Made Easy is the Disabled Living Foundation’s website, which gives further information about products and equipment, with links to commercial retailers. The Living Made Easy website doesn’t have a complete list of all the products on the market, but you can contact the helpline direct for further information if you’re looking for a specific item of equipment.

 

Helpline: 0300 999 0004.

 

Mobility Equipment Hire UK
This company leases mobility equipment for holidays, and delivers it to your required destination in the UK and abroad. It can deliver to countries including Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, France, the US and even to the Caribbean.

 

Telephone: 0800 644 6062.

 

NRS Healthcare

This website (previously known as Nottingham Rehab Supplies) has a comprehensive range of products and services designed to support independent living, including daily living aids, mobility equipment and disability equipment. It’s a member of the British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA).

 

Patterson Medical 

Although this website provides equipment to the NHS and private hospitals, among other businesses, it’s possible to register as a private individual. There is a very wide range of products available from this site.

 

Remap

Remap custom-makes equipment to help disabled people live more independent lives. This includes mobility, help in the home, managing personal care, enjoying sports and hobbies, and much more, with all work checked by expert engineers, carpenters, technicians and occupational therapists.

 

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.

 

Telmenow

A website focusing on products that promote technology for independent living.

 

Unforgettable

Hundreds of products to make life easier for all those affected by memory loss and dementia.

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Last updated: 18 Sep 2018