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Dorset Council has an independent living centre based in Dorchester named the Mi-Life Greenwood Centre. The Mi-Life centre allows people to look at and try a range of equipment to help with daily living. The centre has equipment available to help with: eating, drinking, getting up from a chair or bed, and bathing. Occupational Therapists can provide guidance on what may be helpful. You will need an appointment to visit the Mi-Life centre, please call 0333 003 0010.

Dorset Council also work with NRS Healthcare to deliver community equipment to those in need across the County. NRS also has a website showing both small and large aids and how they can help people to stay safe and independent in and around their home. http://nrshealthcare.co.uk

There are also a number of local equipment shops across the county. People are able to see and handle aids that may be of help. There are shops from Weymouth through to Ferndown and details and opening hours are available online. Browse the internet or use our Directory.

Occupational Therapists

Dorset Council’s Occupational Therapists can give advice and information to help you stay as independent as possible. This could include advice about equipment to help you and your carer manage more easily.

We may be able to help you if you:

    •  usually live in Dorset
    •  have difficulty managing everyday tasks because of a physical disability or illness, or
    •  you are a carer.

Our Adult Access team will talk with you to understand what could help you. They may be able to give you advice and information on the phone or arrange for a small number of items to be delivered direct to you from our community equipment supplier. Sometimes, someone from adult social care may need to come and see you to make sure we give you the best advice. This is called an assessment.

If your assessment shows that you need equipment, for example, a bathing aid, toilet aid or minor works such as stair rails, we will provide them free of charge.

If you would like to talk to someone about how equipment could support you, please contact

Email: adultaccess@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk
Tel: 01305 221016

Opening hours

Our telephone lines are open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm.

Equipment House

Click on a room that you think you may need some help in or read more information about equipment to keep you safe and independent.