You can buy many of the products mentioned here from supermarkets, hardware, household and DIY stores, cook shops and chemists. Some are also available to buy from the Arthritis Research UK online shop.
Prices can vary so shop around. You should also try out equipment before buying it to make sure that it’s right for you. If you can’t do this in store, there are demonstration centres where items can be tried out and expert advice given. These include Disabled Living Centres (speak to Assist UK for details of your nearest centre), Social Services centres and occupational therapy departments.
The following organisations may be able to provide additional advice and information:
Phone: 020 7380 6500
Helpline: 0808 800 4050
Phone: 0800 678 1174
AskSARA (part of the Disabled Living Foundation)
Ask SARA gives helpful advice on gadgets and equipment to make everyday activities easier. The website will ask you to select the topic you’re interested in (for example cooking) and answer a few questions before giving a personalised report.
Assist UK (for information on Disabled Living Centres)
Phone: 0161 8329757
British Red Cross
Phone: 0344 871 1111
Scope (formerly DIAL Network or Dial UK)
Phone: 0808 800 3333
An independent network of local disability information and advice services run by and for disabled people, part of Scope.
Disability Rights UK (formerly Disability Alliance, RADAR and the National Centre for Independent Living)
Phone: 0207 250 8181
Disabled Living Foundation (DLF)
Phone: 0300 999 0004
National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS)
Phone: 0845 458 3969
Helpline: 0800 298 7650
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
Phone: 0303 123 9999