Tools to help disabled people remain in their homes

People with different kind of disabilities constantly need support. They are heavily reliant on someone leaving no sense of independence at all. Even in their own home they require attention to manage their chores. This can be very frustrating for the person as well as the one taking care of him or her Due to development in technology and science, a lot of tools have emerged which can be of great help for the disabled and their caretakers. There are a number of tools and aids that enable the disabled people to remain in their homes more safely, conveniently, and comfortably. These tools are specially designed for people who prefer staying at home rather than moving to a healthcare facility.  We have picked some of the most useful devices and aids which are mentioned below: 


Home Automation Systems: These systems are being used by a lot of disabled people so that they can maintain their safety and sense of independence. These include systems such as timers, automated alarms, fall prevention devices, and emergency assistance. Some automated systems even let you roam around in your home freely with the help of a remote control and an automated chair. 


Bathroom and Bathing: A lot of disabled people need help with using bathrooms. However, some cool aids such as wand toilet tissue aid, step bathtub accessibility kits, and sanitary bidets have made trips to the bathroom safer and easier for disabled people and their caretakers. 


Exercise and Fitness: Some tools have also been designed to let the disabled stay active on their own. These products range from specially designed dumbbells to automated exercise machines which make adopting a healthy lifestyle easier for the person. 


Mobility: Most disabilities create mobility barriers for the disabled person. These patients require special attention and become highly dependent on others. That feeling of being so dependent can be really irritating to the disabled person. A wide range of products have been developed to help patients with such impairments. These products can be chosen based on an individual's own personal requirements. They generally include walker glides, stand up lifts, rollator walkers, wheelchairs, and mobility scooters.  


Household and Living Aids: These aids can assist the patients in carrying out their household chores on their own to a great extent. Tools such as perch seats, slip resistant mats, grab rails, stair rails<span class="TextRun SCXW254778814" xml:lang="EN-US" lang="EN-US&

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Please note: VAT is removed in the checkout process

In the UK, disabled people do not have to pay VAT when buying certain disability aids and services (This can be claimed by friend or family member purchasing on their behalf). Not everything supplied to disabled people is necessarily zero-rated for VAT. Goods and services on which you do not have to pay VAT are usually known as 'zero-rated' or 'eligible for VAT relief.

Who is eligible for VAT relief?

You must be 'chronically sick or disabled' to qualify for VAT relief. The HMRC comment on this is as follows. A person is 'chronically sick or disabled' if they either:

VAT Relief on our Disability Aids

All products on the Aids for Mobility website are flagged with an option to claim VAT relief during Checkout if it applies to that item. When you add a zero-rated product or service to your Basket, you will be asked to tick a checkbox to confirm that you, or the person for whom you are buying the item, are eligible for VAT Relief.

How VAT relief works

If you are claiming VAT Relief you will be asked to complete an extra few questions during Checkout, where we will ask you to provide brief details of your disability and confirmation that the product is for 'personal or domestic use'. We will keep a record of this declaration along with your order details. You can then buy the product(s) in your Basket at a price that excludes VAT. You will be asked to make this declaration each time you place an order that includes zero-rated products. It is a legal requirement that we record this information for every order, and we apologise for the inconvenience.

More information from HMRC

You can find out more about VAT Relief for disabled people on the HM Revenue and Customs website. If you cannot find the answer to your questions there or would prefer to speak to an adviser, you can call their Helpline on 0845 302 02 03.

The helpline is open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. (Closed weekends and bank holidays).