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.
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.
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
Telephone: 07596 511870
Provides free bed alarms, monitors and anti-suffocation pillows to people with epilepsy of any age. Currently closed to new applications due to lack of funding.
Epilepsy Sucks UK
Provides free anti-suffocation pillows to people with epilepsy who have night-time seizures. Currently closed to new applications due to lack of funding.
Tel: 01904 550055
Provides grants to families in the UK who are raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 17 or under.
Independence at Home
Provides grants to people living with a disability in financial need.
Muir Maxwell Trust
Tel: 0131 273 5256
Provides free bed seizure alarms for children with night-time seizures.
Tel: 020 8940 2575
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
Designs and custom-makes equipment to help disabled people live more independent lives. This service is provided free of charge.
Tel: 0808 802 2000
Use their grants search tool to find sources of possible funding.
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- Updated October 2018To be reviewed October 2019