Displays - Disabled Living Centre
The Disabled Living Centre in Manchester has a permanent display of thousands of products that are aimed at improving the independence and quality of life of disabled people, and making life easier for Carers. Occupational Therapists are also there to offer professional advice. The Disabled Living Centre has an Information Service that you can telephone for information and advice.
It is a good idea to visit the Disabled Living Centre and get advice on what equipment best suits your needs before approaching Social Services.
To visit the Centre just
telephone or write for an appointment, the address is:
4 St Chad's Street
Tel: 0161 832 3678
Hire of Equipment
British Red Cross
The British Red Cross has a medical loan service and can lend you items such as wheelchairs, back rests, bath seats, commodes, bedpans and urinals. They can be contacted at:
British Red Cross
439 Lower Broughton Road
Tel: 0161 792 5040
Shopmobility is based in town and hires power scooters and powered wheelchairs to people with mobility problems. The hire is free of charge, you just need to book. Shopmobility are based at:
Old Smithfield Market
39 - 45 Swan Street
Tel: 0161 839 4060
There are many different firms that sell equipment and have a mail-order service. Contact The Disabled Living Centre for information and advice.
If you are buying equipment you may be able to get help paying for it.
If the person you care for is on Income Support they may be able to get a Community Care Grant from the Social Fund. For help in applying for this contact Manchester Advice who provide advice on all types of benefits. Their number is: 0161 234 5600
Some charities and disability organisations provide funds that will help in paying for equipment, contact the Carers Centre for more information about this.
Carersline 0161 835 4090
Services Equipment and Adaptations Teams
Damhead Neighbourhood Office
White Moss Road
Tel: 0161 795 9350
Gorton North Neighbourhood Office
27 Garrat Way
Tel: 0161 230 8088
Benchill Neighbourhood Office
34 Benchill Road
Tel: 0161 945 0224