Equipment and Aids

Government Services

Mobility walking aids are available through the Physiotherapy Service This service can be accessed via your GP, other health professionals or you can fill in a self-referral form. For general enquiries ring Tel: 642158.

The Independent Living Centre, Level 1, Community Health Centre, Ballakermeen Road, Douglas, IM1 4BR provides advice and suppliers details on aids and equipment from the NHS and private businesses. Open Wednesdays 10am-2.30pm. For appointments at other times tel: 642561.

The Continence Advisor advises on the most suitable approach to a continence issue. Supplies are delivered to the home. Tel: 693551 for more information.

Hearing aids can be available through the Audiology clinic after a hearing test that indicated that a hearing aid is needed. Tel: 650407 for general enquiries. This service is accessed through health professionals eg your GP or hospital Consultant.

Financial help may be available for glasses through the Vouchers for Glasses scheme, accessed through the Department of Social Security. Check out NHS vouchers for Glasses to see if you qualify.

Social Services and aids and equipment

Social Services can help with the installation of a ramp, lift or special equipment,for example a hoist needed in the home for convenience, comfort or safety. They may make a charge for doing this under the Chronically Sick or Disabled Persons Act.

See www.gov.im/categories/benefits-and-financial -support/additional-help/Home alterations

Equipment

Social Services can help with aids to assist with dressing, eating, food preparation, sitting etc.

Wheelchairs and artificial limbs

These are supplied by the Department of Health, following recommendations from General Practitioners or hospital doctors.

You can contact Social Services direct by email for more information on the services they offer: disabilities@socialservices.dsc.gov.im

or telephone them on +44 1624 642147. You will be asked some questions and an appointment can be made for someone to call and see you.

Housing Matters – government housing

https://www.gov.im/categories/home-and-neighbourhood/affordable-housing/public-sector-housing/your-tenancy/moving-home/Moving home

Many tenants find that, at some stage, they need to move to a new home. This may be because their home is too big or too small for their needs or because they have a medical or social reason for moving. There are several options available to you, but you must have been a tenant in your current home for at least 12 months.

Transfer to another Department property you will need to fill in a transfer application form available from our customer services team (tel: +44 1624 685955) in order to be placed on our list. We will match you with a transfer if a suitable choice appears. However, please note that the Department will only consider a transfer within its own housing stock if a request is based on housing need,for example disability, overcrowding, etc.

Mutual exchange with a tenant from another housing authority all the information and relevant forms are available on the Mutual Exchanges page.

See the above website page for more information on terms and conditions.

 

 

Private Businesses

General Equipment

Just Care Products is a local business offering mobility solutions to suit your needs.? Our friendly team who are disability awareness trained and members of the Healthcare and Assistive Technology Society can offer advice and support, both in our showroom, or in our
customers own home.
We are able to provide our customers with a wide selection of products including daily living aids, mobility scooters, wheelchairs (both powered and manual), Rollators, rise recliner chairs and ramps together with consumable products such as continence and hygiene.
We also carry out repairs and servicing by our own service engineer, who works out of our
workshop or if more convenient, will visit the customer in their own home.
Just Care Products are the only mobility members of the British Healthcare Trades
Association BHTA on the Isle of Man which means that we have agreed to abide by its
Code of Practice. This means that our customers can expect to be treated courteously by our staff who know about the products and services we are selling and who will offer a fair and transparent terms of business. Tel: 627177? email: tracey@justcareproducts.co.uk www.justcareproducts.co.uk?? Located at Unit 15 spring Valley Trading Estate, Braddan IM2 2QT

DLP are the market leader in the provision of showering, daily living and kitchen solutions for people with mobility needs. “Our mission is to enable elderly and disabled people to live independently in their own homes.

We have 25 years of experience in the accessibility market and are the UK market leader with a growing international presence in Europe and North America. Our specialist products are sold and distributed by our subsidiary company AKW in the UK and Europe. As a group we employ over 260 trained staff, 70 of which are based on the Isle of Man and have an annual turnover of 40m.

Our 30,000 sq ft Group Headquarters in Snugborough host our Design, Engineering, Manufacturing, Purchasing, Finance and IT functions. This is complemented by 100,000 sq ft distribution facilities in the Droitwich, UK and Tournai, Belgium.

All product design and prototype development takes place in the Engineering Department at Snugborough and we then manufacture here on the Island or through one of our world wide manufacturing partners. We are located about 10 minutes outside of Douglas on the A1 heading towards Peel. Head into the Snugborough Trading Estate and our Reception is in Unit 15 in the top left hand corner of the estate”. Tel: 691620

They have some of their range of products in the Independent Living Centre.

KissackCareLtd provide a variety of disabled aids and equipment. Tel:?611559 or view www.kissackcare.com.

Excellent Ramp systems (IOM) Ltd provide disabled access equipment at Alisa Cottage, Main Road, Ballasalla, IM9 2DA, mobile Tel: 428868.

Liftmann provides disabled access equipment including platform lifts, stairlifts, bathlifts, patient hoists and electric scooters. Tel:?822568 or view www.liftmann.com.

For businesses wanting advice on accessibility with the Disability Discrimination Act coming into place over 2016-2020, Unlimited Access IOM provide a disability access consultancy service. See www.uaiom.net , email: enquiries@uaiom.net or tel: 402011.

For a glimpse of future equipment, see the amazing products now developed by Steeper, Assistive Technology at www.steepergroup.com , email:info@steepergroup.com or tel:0113 270 4841. Ideal for paraplegics and motor neurone disease sufferers.

Bikestyle Ltd Sales, Repair Services also repair some wheelchairs. Tel: 673576 . They are located at 42 Bucks Road, Douglas, IM1 3AD

Manx Carephone specialise in supplying phone contact provision so that help can be sought quickly and easily. They are located at 75 Main Road, Onchan, IM3 1AJ, Tel: 614108.

Hearing Aids

These can be arranged through the Manx National Health Service (via the Audiology Clinic- (see above for contact details) if required or sought through private firms, see below:

Continence Aids are supplied to the government and some care homes by Gellings, 8 Snugborough Trading Estate, Union Mills, IM4 4LH. For more information Tel: 671200 email:john@gellings.im www.gellings.im

Remap – Provide one-off aids that are not commercially available. Tel:825903 email: dru@iom.com

Hidden Hearing, Onchan, Tel: 617683

Island Hearing, Port St Mary, Tel: 830722

Isle of Man Hearing Solutions, Onchan, Tel: 898039? www.iomhearingsolutions.im

Specsavers (Hearing Centres), Douglas, Tel: 689500

Vannin Careline provide carephones to support those on their own either temporarily or full-time. Tel: freephone 0800 433 2324

 

Charities

The British Red Cross hires out wheelchairs, raised toilet seats and other equipment (should you find yourself in the temporary role of carer) in exchange for a donation. Contact details are Tel: 639310, address is Red Cross, Isle of Man business Park, Cooil Road, Braddan, IM2 2QZ. As of July 2017 the charity have stocked up to cater for visitors too, should you have a visiting friend or relative who needs equipment whilst here. Loans include self-propelled wheelchairs, transit wheelchairs(pushed by someone), childrens and bariatric wheelchairs. Commodes can be loaned but there is a 5 charge for the non-returnable pot. Donations welcome.

Circa provides wheelchairs and mobility aids to enable disabled people to shop in Douglas. See, www.circa.org.im, Tel: 613713, email enquiries@circa.org.im