Disabled people - independence at home

We can help disabled people, or recovering after an illness, to be independent in your home, and to access specialist equipment and support.

Sight or hearing difficulties

If you have a sight or hearing difficulty, we can assess whether you would benefit from care services through a needs assessment. We can also provide information and advice to help you to maintain your independence as well as training for any specialist equipment which can help you in your everyday life. You can find more details on the hearing and vision impairment section.

Home adaptations and aids

If you have difficulties managing in your home, it may be possible to alter or adapt your property. We offer services and support to help you to live independently.

A first step might be to fill in our AskSARA needs assessment form. This will give you an idea of what you might need, and who to turn to. It may be that an occupational therapist or someone from social care services can visit your home to discuss your needs.

Following a stay in hospital

If you have recently had a stay in hospital, or are recovering after an illness or fall, you can also receive help from rehabilitation services. For more information, see our help returning home after hospitalisation page or contact us.


Telecare uses a range of sensors to assist you to live at home. They can be linked to a lifeline (a kind of telephone) that is used to summon help if it's needed. It can alert you to certain situations, for example, reminding you to take medication. It can also alert family, friends, carers or the emergency services to dangerous situations, for example, if you suffer a fall. For more information see our telecare page.

You can find more details of the support you may receive in the social care support section.

Support for carers

We work with carers' organisations across the county to offer information, advice and other services to carers. See the carers section for more details.

AskSARA online self-assessment

You can use the free AskSARA online self-assessment tool to look into ways of helping yourself with daily activities in your own home. This is an alternative option to contacting us directly for a needs assessment.

Additional information from NHS Choices

See the NHS Choices pages below for more information on independent living with a disability: