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Funding for safety aids and equipment

Safety aids and equipment can be expensive. Depending on your circumstances, you might be able to get equipment free of charge, or get help with the cost. Here are some possible sources of funding.

VAT exemption

In some cases, the equipment may be tax free. The company selling the equipment should tell you if that particular product is exempt from VAT.

Social services

Some people may be able to get free equipment from their local social services. To see if you are eligible for free equipment ask your local authority for a needs assessment. A carer, friend, family member or your GP can also ask for a needs assessment for you. During a needs assessment, your local social services team will look at how you cope with day-to-day living, and identify if you might need support.

Carers UK has more information about needs assessments.

Disabled Facilities Grant

If your epilepsy means you need to make changes to your home, you might be able to get a Disabled Facilities Grant from your local council to help.

Charities that may be able to help

The Daisy Garland
Website: thedaisygarland.org.uk
Email: karen@thedaisygarland.org.uk
Provides grants for seizure monitors for some children with severe epilepsy.

Epilepsy Lifestyle
Telephone: 07596 511870
Website: epilepsylifestyle.org.uk
Provides free bed alarms, monitors and anti-suffocation pillows to people with epilepsy of any age.

Epilepsy Sucks UK
Facebook: facebook.com/Epilepsy.UK
Provides free anti-suffocation pillows to people with epilepsy who have night-time seizures. 

Independence at Home
Website: independenceathome.org.uk
Provides grants to people living with a disability in financial need.

Muir Maxwell Trust
Tel: 0131 273 5256
Website: muirmaxwelltrust.com
Provides free bed seizure alarms for children with night-time seizures.

Tel: 020 8940 2575
Website: reactcharity.org
Helping children with life-limiting illness, React supplies a wide range of equipment to give children comfort, dignity and where possible, greater independence.

Tel: 01732 760209
Website: remap.org.uk
Designs and custom-makes equipment to help disabled people live more independent lives. This service is provided free of charge.

Tel: 0808 802 2000
Website: turn2us.org.uk
Use their grants search tool to find sources of possible funding.  

Event Date: 
Monday 8 May 2017 - 13:36

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  • Updated October 2018
    To be reviewed October 2019

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