The local council will support you if you are disabled and need equipment to keep you safe and independent at home. They will ensure you get the correct equipment yourself or may pay the cost of loaning larger equipment if they assess it will make day-to-day living easier. You can contact Adult Social Care for more information on assessments on 01733 747474, or Visit their website for more information Peterborough City Council Assessments.
If you have a hearing impairment, hearing aids are available through the NHS Hearing Aids, please speak to your GP for more information.
If you are blind or partially sighted, the council will provide a Rehabilitation Worker who may supply items such a white stick and/or cane, a timepiece, equipment to help you with signing and writing, a money sorter, a liquid level, a pill sorter, basic sunglasses and eye droppers. Please contact Adult Social Care for more information
Hand magnifiers and complex glasses can be prescribed by the hospital at the Low Vision Clinic, an Ophthalmic Consultant will refer you to the service.
RNIB has a technology resource hub with information about different types of assistive technology and products that can help you RNIB Tech Useful Products. Visit www.rnib.org.uk/
Independent Age also offers information on age related sight loss. Visit www.independentage.org/
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Technology enabled care (TEC) is for equipment and technology to help adults stay independent.
The TEC team at Peterborough City Council can provide a range of equipment, including the following:
Call the council on 01733 7474747, or Visit their TEC webpage fis.peterborough.gov.uk
Nebulizers are not usually provided by the NHS but some charities can provide funding, such as NARA, Telephone 01604 494960, or Visit www.naratbc.org.uk
Hospital Occupational Therapists can provide solutions to living safely at home, visit the webpage for more information www.nwangliaft.nhs.uk. This is relevant both during a hospital stay Inpatient Services: 01733 673671 and upon your return home Outpatient Services: 01733 673555.
Cross Keys Homes has a LifeLine service, which offers an alarm you can press 24 hours a day for assistance and is available from just £0.44 per day. Benefits include:
Extra LifeLine Support
You can also get extra monitors, which let the trained team know if you have a problem, including:
Telephone 01733 396439, or Visit www.crosskeyshomes.co.uk/lifeline
Shopmobility is hosted in Queensgate by Disability Peterborough. You can hire a range of wheelchairs and mobility scooters, both for the town centre and for holidays. Telephone 01733 313133, Email email@example.com, or Visit disabilitypeterborough.org/shopmobility,
The Local Authority is responsible for providing equipment for daily living and non-medical needs for disabled children. Equipment for children is usually free of charge. If you would like support or assistance for your disabled child, or to make a referral to the ‘Childrens with Disabilities’ team, Telephone 01733 864180, or Visit peterborough.gov.uk
Whizz Kidz is a registered charity supplying mobility equipment across the UK and supporting young wheelchair users through skills training, clubs and employability. Telephone 020 7233 6600, or Visit www.whizz-kidz.org.uk
Living Made Easy provide free impartial advice on gadgets, adaptations and aids. They have over 10,000 products with direct links to over 1,000 suppliers. Telephone 0300 999 0004, or Visit www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk
REMAP UK uses volunteers to custom-make equipment that is not commercially available. Telephone 01732 760209, or Visit www.remap.org.uk/contact-remap
If you meet the criteria, the service will provide you with NHS wheelchair services, including:
You can self-refer into the service if you are already in the system or be referred by your GP or qualified healthcare professional. Telephone 0808 169 9633, Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or Visit www.cambridgeshireandpeterborough.wheelchair.services
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0808 169 9633
There are 3 local disability aid shops stocking a range of nursing supplies and disability equipment.
Bentley Nursing Supplies – Unit 2 Benedict Square, Werrington Industrial PE4 6GD. Telephone 01733 555838
The Mobility Aids Centre – 88 South Street, Stanground PE2 8EZ. Telephone 01733 342242
Mobility Your Way – PE1 Retail Park, Eye Road, Nr Eye PE1 4YZ. Telephone 01733 511104
Boots have a small stock of aids and equipment, along with a mail order catalogue. Telephone 01733 312211, or Visit www.boots.com
If you are disabled you will usually need to pay VAT on purchases but there are exceptions. VAT relief may be available if you are buying goods because of your disability, the guidance from HMRC explains:
For more information Visit www.gov.uk/guidance/vat-relief
For a copy of the declaration form for VAT relief Visit www.gov.uk/government/publications
For a copy of the VAT relief manual Visit www.gov.uk/hmrc-internal-manuals