The Independent Living Centre https://www.independentlivingcentre.org.uk/ 01392 380181 is funded by the NHS and Devon County Council and is there to help people in Devon find equipment solutions to stay active and independent.
Their website has lots of useful information and advice, including ‘before you buy’ guides and an equipment self-assessment tool.
If you want more personal advice you can book a time with one of their OT’s to help find what you may be looking for. They are not a shop, so won’t try to sell you any particular product. They continue to offer visits, currently by appointment only, if you want to try something out. You can call or email via the website online.
There are also OT’s who work within social care teams as well as health services. You can ask for an Occupational Therapy assessment of your needs by contacting Care Direct: 0345 1551 007.
If you are assessed as eligible, relevant equipment can be provided free of charge. Larger or more specialist equipment is provided on loan, for as long as you need it.