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Independent Living Centre

Information for Service Users

The Independent Living Centre is based in Newton Abbot, where our NHS and Devon County Council funded service help people from all over Devon to find solutions to maintain independence and safety in the home.

Our premises in Devon House, Newton Abbot, is ideally located for visitors from all over the county to come and try our our display of equipment.

Call 01392 380181 to make an appointment to find out more about how our service can help you.

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Map & Directions

Map to Independent Living Centre

Written directions to Independent Living Centre

Who are we?

The Independent Living Centre (ILC)  offers a free and impartial assessment and information service to anyone in Devon who is looking for equipment to enhance their independence. The Centre does not sell equipment but has a large range of equipment on display for you to try. Our range covers all aspects of life including; mobility, personal care, clothing, bathing, cooking, seating and beds.

Come and visit us at our centre and talk to our friendly approchable staff

You can telephone, email or write to make an appointment for an assessment at the Centre from Monday to Friday or call in on a Wednesday morning for a look around.

What do we do?

We can help to identify the right equipment for you, tell you how much it should cost and can look into grants or other sources of funding when purchasing equipment. We keep up to date information on equipment from all local and national suppliers.

Our occupational therapists can assess your needs and demonstrate a large range of equipment for daily living and mobility, displayed in realistic settings, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living room.

Can't find clothes to fit? Need help with getting around or keeping in touch? We can help.

We provide information handouts known as Before you Buy to help you make informed choices when buying equipment.

Feedback from Innovations Event held on 27th March

It was good to see so many prescribers at the Innovations event in Exeter last week.

There was a lot of interest in the new products, particularly the BES Universal Strap; soft, comfortable and versatile for extra security and confidence in shower, bath, car or around the house from

The 'Doormatic' powered door opener from Drive medical was also of interest

Toby Churchill's "eye gaze" technology was amazing to see in action, to control the environment, the wheelchair and all computer functions .  

The newest version of the Mealmate from RBF is as versatile as the Neater Eater but portable too,

It was useful to try out the Pura and Edero arm supports and feel just how much function could be regained when the weight of the arm is taken on these multi articulating supports.

The Joy Bar and Rejoy from innovative Gerald Simonds showed how easily a powered chair can be converted to a 'scooter' style operation

Their 'Stimulate' cushion range has proved to improve comfort  while keeping cool.

The Apollo range of support cushions and joystick controlled hoist proved to be popular.

For those of you who missed the Accora 'low ' bed, with its impressive 6" lowest setting (including mattress!) it is now at ILC for a few weeks, pop in on a Wednesday morning to have a look or give us a call to book in at other times during the week.

Posturite, Possum and Frequency precision and Call24 demonstrated their latest technology and Total Hygiene showed the Closomat range including the new Lima Lift, a height adjustable toilet bidet.

NRS have kindly left us with the 'Lift walker' to assist with sit to stand and independent walking,

as well as the new version of caring cutlery and the 'Soft grip keep Warm Thermo plates'

Let us know if you have seen any new products that you would like to see in Devon.

For future events see our training calendar on and call us on 01392 380181 if you would like an equipment update for you team


ILC Newsletter - Winter 2013-2014 (199KB - pdf help)

New equipment on Display in Centre

The Independent Living Centre has some exciting new equipment on display - please contact us for more information Tel 01392 380181

We also have some new smaller items including:-

Duo - A cup with an extra handle for twice the grip  

Dignity Cup - two handled ceramic feeder cup

Knork - benefits of having a knife and fork in one

Greeper Laces - Never tie your shoelaces again, quick release and fastening

Compact Easywipe - personal  hygiene aid

ErgoPrimo-  A brand new reverse walker, with kerb climbing feature

Nitro 4 wheeled walker Colourful side fold 4 wheel rollatorr from Drive Medical  

Sturdy Straw

The SturdyStraw is an innovative hands free bendable drinking straw which can be fixed onto a worktop, tables, wheelchairs and can be shaped and fixed into any position for drinking

BT Large Button Twin Phone

The BT 4500 Big Button Telephone has large, responsive buttons, a large graphic display to make reading the screen easy and has been tested to provide clearer sound. It is also compatible with hearing aids, so you will be able to comfortably hear calls through your hearing aid. The range of phones are set up in the centre so that you can try and make calls to test the amplification and ease of use

Information for Devon Staff

Equipment Demonstrations/Workshops at the Independent Living Centre

These are arranged throughout the year please check our website regularly for details


our next event will be held on 2nd October, venue to be confirmed. Please check our website regularly for details

Training Calendar for Prescribers

Independent Living Centre Training

please check at our website regularly for updated information

ILC Course Brochure Jan-May 2014 (267KB - pdf help)


ILC Course Brochure June - December 2014 (266KB - pdf help)

Contact Workforce Development to book  or call 01237 420261 to book a place"

Training events are organised for staff in the Independent Living Centre and around the County,

Booking: Northern Devon Healthcare Trust staff can now book their place(s) on STAR via the link on the front page of BOB. They are in the Clinical Prospectus.
For all other staff ie :RD&E, Southern Devon, Torbay and Adult & Community staff please, contact Workforce Development Tel: 01237420261 between 10:00 - 16:00 or email

Please can staff attending training at the ILC look at the  written directions and map showing where to park

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