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Equipment, adaptations and technology

Help to stay independent

Staying independent is the best way to stay healthy whether you have care needs, a disability or need support into older age. Most people prefer to stay in their own home and with access to local services, adaptations and extra help, this is often possible.

Equipment, home adaptations and technology is available that can help make looking after yourself, or someone you care about, easier and safer.

Carecall

The council’s personal alarm service, Carecall, can help you to live independently at home. It ensures people can get help as quickly as possible in case of an emergency. By pressing a button (worn as a pendant or on your wrist) you can trigger an alarm that will contact the Carecall control centre 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Carecall alarms cost as little as £3.50 per week.  You can contact Carecall directly to request an alarm on 01925 458000 or by email ccontrolcentre@warrington.gov.uk.

Telecare

Telecare is a range of equipment and services that support your safety and independence in your own home. The equipment can sense risks such as smoke, floods and gas leaks, can remind you to take pills and even call for help if you fall. You can view a range of telecare equipment at the Centre for Independent Living.  For independent advice on telecare, see the WHICH? Guide to telecare services.  

Minor adaptations

Warrington Home Improvement Agency (WHiA) may be able to arrange for simple adaptations to be made to your home (such as grab rails for the bath or stair rails) for a small charge, without you needing an assessment from the Council. Telephone: 01925 246812. Email: whia@wha.org.uk

Other equipment suppliers

A lot of equipment is widely available both on the high street or online (e.g. Amazon, Argos, B&Q or local chemist shops) or in specialist shops (e.g. Miller Care).  The Centre for Independent Living (CIL) in Warrington also provides advice and supplies equipment that you can try before buying.  If you need more information, our community directory My Life Warrington lists a number of local services and suppliers of equipment and technology options. 

Professional advice and provision of equipment, adaptations and technology

You may need more detailed or professional advice regarding equipment, adaptations or telecare, or help with funding.  The council is only able to fund equipment and adaptations in certain circumstances.  To request an assessment you can contact the Adult Social Care First Response Team on 01925 443322 or send us a message at asc@warrington.gov.uk. We will reply to all emails within 48 hours.

More useful information:

Warrington Home Improvement Agency (WHiA)
Service for older, disabled or vulnerable people and families on low incomes who own their own homes or live in private rented accommodation and wish to repair, improve or adapt their homes.

Care equipment, aids and adaptations (NHS Choices)
Information about disability, mobility and care equipment and adaptations. Includes tips on how to buy or apply for funding for equipment.

Information on Telecare and Alarms (NHS Choices)
General information about telecare and personal alarms.