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Due to staff shortages between January and May 2024, the Independent Living Centre will only open for pre booked assessments on 3 days per week. There is currently a prolonged wait for an appointment.

However, please contact us every weekday, Monday to Friday, as we will respond to all calls and emails and will continue to offer advice, support and problem-solving about any equipment or technology needs.

We aim to review our situation in April and will provide a further update on our website.

Thank you for your patience during this time.


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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Thank you very much for your email and information regarding profiling beds. It is a minefield knowing what to buy so I appreciate the information you have given me