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Welcome to the Independent Living Centre.

Based in Newton Abbot, Devon, our NHS therapy team helps people to find equipment solutions to stay active, safe and independent.

We are a joint NHS & Devon County Council funded service, offering completely impartial and independent assessment and advice to individuals, families and carers.

We are not a shop; we won’t try to sell you anything.

Our qualified NHS therapists offer:
  • Pre-booked face to face assessments
  • Telephone advice
  • Email advice

Make an appointment to try equipment before deciding what is right for you.


Be guided to the most appropriate solutions to meet your individual needs.

Find out where to source equipment and what you need to consider when sourcing it.

Our website is an extension of our service providing a wide range of relevant advice, information and printable resources, to help you to make the right equipment choices.

The Equipment advice section has lots of information about gadgets, technology and equipment for independence.  There are also some helpful Taking Care guides in this section.

See our Before you buy guides for advice and guidance when buying specific equipment.

The Devon suppliers page has lists of specialist mobility shops around Devon.

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The NHS Therapists at the ILC provide an equipment specialist resource for people in Devon who want solutions to maintain their independence, safety, and mobility. Find out more about equipment training, innovations, news reviews, and reference materials.

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So, so, very grateful for the time and advice. Tremendously appreciative of your patience and knowledge. It was a lot to take in and I was very grateful that I had someone with me who could listen to the advice given. It was good to have the “buying guides” to take away and read later, as was the recommended suppliers list. I came away with lots to think about and, just as importantly, what would not work for me. I have felt rather overwhelmed by my condition, hospital appointments, therapists, physios, etc, etc, but felt less “disabled” after this appointment and more upbeat due to the help/advice given; knowing that there are things that could help me. I would not hesitate to recommend this service to anyone who needs a guiding hand. Thank you again.