Disability Aids and Sources of Help
There are a great number of aids that can make life so much easier for those with Parkinson’s. But where do you look for these aids?
Herts Action on Disability
This is based at the Woodside Centre, The Commons, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 4DD. 01707 324581. www.hadnet.org.uk. This excellent centre provides:
- A showroom of equipment for all disabilities which can be tried and tested.
There is also an online shop:
- 24 hour transport service (phone for availability and price)
- Mobility centre which offers driving assessments and instruction
- Counselling service.
Hertfordshire County Council
Herts County Council also offer comprehensive guidance covering all aspects of the needs relating to disabled people and their carers on line. Web-site www.hertsdirect.org/disability will lead you to a wealth of detailed information.
The Disabled Living Foundation
Their Website is at www.dlf.org.uk. or you can contact the DLF Helpline on 0300 999 0004 to talk through your situation with an experienced advisor.
- If you are looking for baths, showers or other personal care products, you can search their free directory.
- You can conduct a self assessment using the DLF’s online tool, AskSARA, to get a report with ideas of equipment that can help you.
- You can find out general information about what to consider when buying different types of disability equipment in the DLF’s Factsheets.
There is also a large number of local and national organisations that sell equipment.These are listed in the Yellow Pages under Mobility and Access Equipment. If you want a reclining chair or aids to get you into the bath, or a stair lift – just look up “Mobility” in the Yellow Pages – which you can now access either using the paper version, or on line.