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Aids to Living in Later Life

A surprisingly large selection of Living Aids are available - things like special cutlery for a weak grip, kettles which can pour without lifting, walker trolleys, magnifiers, writing aids, chair raisers, and things to make gardening and driving easier too. Whether you are looking to ease minor irritations or something more significant, there are plenty of products available.

Below we cover not only sources of Living Aids on and off the web, but also sources of advice and help if you are caring for or trying to help someone with severe disability. Scroll down and see what is available.

Don't miss our Home Security & Independent Living section too


Living Aids Online

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There are hundreds of mobility aids, disability aids and living aids now available to purchase online. You may not be familiar with just how many useful things are available, so in our Mobility Products and Disability Products section we give you a quick preview as well as giving you access to a full range.




Help My Mobility sell a vast range of products, for instance mobility scooters, adjustable beds, stairlifts and riser chairs. They also pride themselves on providing people with good informatio to help them make an informed decision when choosing to purchase living aids. Visit their website by clicking here.

Stair Lifts Ladt seated on stair lift

Stairlifts (indoor and outdoor)

Do you have problems with your stairs? A stairlift could be the answer.

Acorn provide mobility solutions for people, both young and elderly alike, easing the difficulties they have going up and down stairs, with an Acorn stair lift.




The World's only 'In-Shower Total Body Dryer' the après shower dryer is a product proven to be popular with the less abled, as well as the able bodied person. Ideal to assist independent living, the dryer is now in its 10th year.

Visit the shower dryer page for full details.




Fully profiling electric heightadjustable nursing beds

Special offer to Laterlife readers, Bed plus standard hospital type mattress for £860.00 plus delivery.

Quote ref: 50+ to qualify

If you need help getting in or out of bed or you are caring for an elderly relative then the Spectrum Home-care electric profiling, heightadjustable bed will make life that little bit easier.

The bed is delivered and installed at your own home or nursing home and is supplied complete with adjustable side rails and a patient lifting pole. If you or your patient is chronically ill or disabled you may qualify for VAT exemption. For further information visit


21st Century Hearing, Independent Hearing Aid Dispensers

Hearing can be a problem at any time in life, but as we get older difficulties can be more marked. Some of the more common problems are Understanding speech in groups, Difficulty hearing the television, Background noise, Hearing on the telephone, Family conversation, Feeling of isolation, Softly spoken voices.

21st Century Hearing Managing Director Roger Rouse, is a Registered hearing aid dispenser with over 15 years experience helping the hard of hearing and now brings this expertise to the web.

Read his introduction to the subject on the laterlife hearing page. Then visit the 21st Century Hearing site which includes the offer of a free hearing health check and the opportunity to try out the latest "Digital" hearing aid technology.
You can also use a free  telephone hyperlink service, to discuss hearing problems with a hearing aid audiologist

personal hearing aid consultation

Nationwide hearing care via a
local independent hearing aid consultant

Back Care

Putnams Back Care Systems. The world's leading suppliers and designers of back-care systems. They provide a wide range of orthopaedic supports, chairs, beds, and cushions. All their products are approved and  used by the medical profession. You can order online.


Powered wheelchair, scooter or buggy  - fact sheets from the Disabled Living Foundation

Visual Aids

Visualeyes for Visual Aids UK distributors of Reinecker Reha-Technik Cameras - Reading Systems. Experts in providing systems and equipment for the visually impaired

When you care for someone

As people live longer, more and more of us are finding ourselves in the role of carers - for our parents, our partners, perhaps other relatives or friends.

In one of the articles in the laterlife interest series Flora Harris offers some advice, including a useful checklist.

Our Home Security section will also be of interest with details of the most advanced home reassurance unit available in the UK, which aids independent living.

Bibetta Adult Healthcare Bibs and Aprons
If you care for an elderly or disabled relative or friend that has difficulty when eating then Bibetta's Adult Healthcare Bibs may provide a solution.



WIN Health  specialise in the development and manufacture of innovative re-usable incontinence products such as bed and chair pads and fluid proof bedding protectors. They are also developing an extensive range of items designed to improve daily comforts.

Holidays - the website for disability holiday house exchange. This is the web site where you can swap houses with people who have the same accessibility needs as you.

It provides International house exchange based on accessibility – so you can concentrate on where you want to go not if you can.

Mobility Abroad hire and sell wheelchairs, scooters and disabled products sourced from the worlds leading manufacturers, and at present they cover the Costa del Sol area with their own equipment but will assist you wherever you are. In addition they have a UK office making it easier for you to book before you go.


Disability Equipment Advice - Disabled Living Foundation. This site is not just for the disabled and their carers, but also for people who are just finding things more difficult as they get older.


Independent Living   The UK`s leading site for carers, healthcare professionals, disabled and elderly people

Daily Care Limited Independent Living - The Professional Way includes a catalogue of items designed to make life easier for people suffering from minor to major disabilites.

The Royal National Institute for deaf people  - The RNID provides a range of services for deaf and hard of hearing people and the professionals who work with them

laterlife hearing feature

Special edition - focuses on loss of hearing 

Other Living Aid Ranges

Welcome Mobility Store Logo is designed to provide a wide range of daily living aids. It also provides a useful guide to benefits available.


  You may also be interested in our Guide to Residential Care Homes

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