Equipment and technology can provide independence for older people living alone. These include adaptations to the home as well as technology enabled care services (TECS) such as telecare and telehealth. Before purchasing any equipment it is best to ask a social worker or the local authority if you can be referred to an Occupational Therapist. An OT can provide independent advice about the best products or equipment for each individual.
Carers UK provides a room by room description of equipment that may be useful in the home, as well as information about grants that will assist with obtaining this equipment.
The Disability Living Foundation has developed the living made easy website which details advice for daily living including communications, home adaptations, mobility equipment and telecare which will assist older people to live independently. The main DLF website also contains numerous factsheets, information about equipment and grants to help with home adaptations.
The Everyday Life website details a range of assistive technologies that can help patients and carers. The site is designed such that users answer a series of questions and are then provided with a selection of products which they may find helpful.
The Elderly Accommodation Counsel provides free information and advice about housing and care options through their FirstStop Advice service, details are listed on the EAC website. The EAC have also developed a website that provides housing care advice and a searchable directory of care homes in the UK.
Independent Age have developed a factsheet ‘Adapting your home to stay independent’ with comprehensive information for staying independent in your own home.
The Age UK information guide ‘Housing Options: Different types of housing to suit your needs’ is a useful resource which details the different types of housing available.