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/
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:
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:
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
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 email@example.com, or Visit www.cambridgeshireandpeterborough.wheelchair.services
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
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