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Tabletop games

This section includes games that can be played at a table. They will have additional features such as large print, tactile/highly visible markings and enlarged pieces. Some will be soft to handle, while others are designed to place less emphasis on memory. Also included are games in a smaller than standard format, enabling them to be played at table level.

Games and activities are suitable for adults, children or both, and include dominoes, bingo,, dice, playing cards, and traditional board games.

Accessories to provide additional assistance are also included, for example playing card holders.

13 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
13 piece jigsaw puzzle with frame and printed backing board. Can be suitable for those with mid to late dementia. Comprises: large pieces; pieces can...
1950s Household Reminiscence Replica Packs
Memorabilia packs designed to encourage reminiscence. Each pack contains items typical of the decade. Two packs available - 1950s and 1960s childhood.
2 In 1 Table Tennis And Dementia Game
Table tennis and dementia game for up to six players. Can be played sitting or standing. Comprises: table tennis table; six table tennis bats; bucket ...
24 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
24 piece jigsaw puzzle. Can suitable for those with mid stage dementia or visual impairments. Comprises: large jigsaw pieces made from a durable plast...
35 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
35 piece jigsaw puzzle. Can suitable for those with mid stage dementia. Comprises: large jigsaw pieces; made from a durable plastic that can be cleane...
4 In A Row
Table top game for two players. Counters are slotted into a grid with the aim of getting a row of the same colour counters vertically, horizontally or...
50s And 60s Reminiscence Cue Cards
Reminiscence cue cards. Comprises: pack of 36 A5 cards; booklet; box; cards are grouped into themes including moments, places, activities and possessi...
63 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
63 piece jigsaw puzzle. Can suitable for those with early stage dementia or Alzheimer's. Comprises: jigsaw pieces are made from a durable plastic that...
All-turn-it-spinner Dice Alternative
Battery operated board games accessory which can be used as an alternative to dice. Comprises: plastic case, integral lead and push-button switch whic...
Animal Bingo Group Games
Audible bingo designed for people with memory loss. Different animal sounds are played and players put counters on the corresponding image. Comprises:...
As We Were Dementia Care Book
Set designed to encourage reminiscence. Comprises: 26-page book; memory card set; includes pictures of fashion, jobs and professions typical of the 19...
Azabat Computer Games
Range of seven CDs with talking computer games, sold individually. Comprises: Compatible with Microsoft Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista and Windows 7; Eac...
Big Floor Dominoes
Big floor dominoes. Comprises: 28 pieces; brightly coloured thick card.
Blys Nightlight
Square flat LCD light display designed for table or worktop use, available in two models. Comprises: touch panel operated; adjustable brightness; reme...
Braille And Large Print Monopoly
Monopoly with large print and Braille. Comprises: extra large cards and money with Braille and large print, all squares, money, dice, property and pla...
Braille Bananagrams
Crossword-style game. Players must complete a crossword-style grid with their letters to win. Comprises: set of 144 tiles with letters of the alphabet...
Braille Bingo Cards
Cards supplied in packs of 50 with Braille numbers.
Braille Scrabble
Scrabble with Braille lettering. Comprises: each letter tile has a Braille label and clear print labelling in 16 point font; the board has tactile dot...
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Buying equipment

There are several factors to consider when purchasing equipment.

Making complaints and reporting unsafe products

In most instances a complaint should initially be made to the supplier who provided you with the item. CAB has a range of guidelines on their website on making a complaint about poor service or faulty goods. These include complaining by phone, complaining in writing and template letters. CAB advice about making a complaint.
If you are not satisfied with the supplier's response then you may choose to complain to:

  • an ombudsman scheme
  • a regulator
  • an independent mediator
  • a trade association (if the supplier is a member of one)

 

Safety incidents involving medical devices can be reported to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on the GOV UK website www.mhra.gov.uk or their Adverse incident centre hotline 020 3080 7080. The MHRA is the government agency responsible for ensuring that medical devices and medicines work and are acceptably safe. Their definition of 'Medical devices' includes devices used for assisting patients and users, thus many daily living aids such as bath lifts, commodes and walking sticks are medical devices. Any incident involving the safety of a medical device (including safety issues with its instructions for use) should be reported to the MHRA, especially if the incident contributed to, or could have caused injury, life-threatening illness or death.

Buying from a private person

Buying from a private person gives you fewer rights. You will only be able to claim against the seller if the product doesn't match its description or if the seller did not own it. Consequently, some firms occasionally pretend to be private sellers to avoid their legal responsibilities towards customers. If you suspect this has happened to you find out about your rights and what action to take on the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) website https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/ or call 0345 404 0506 to speak to the Citizen Advice consumer helpline.

Guarantee

The length of the manufacturer's guarantee does not limit any claim you may make to the seller as if a product develops a fault outside the guarantee period you can still claim against the seller if you can show that the fault was unreasonable at that period in the products life.

 

You may be asked whether you would like to purchase an extended warranty. Remember that your statutory rights exist, under the Sale of Goods Act, whether or not you choose to buy their warranty and whether or not the goods came with any guarantee. Manufacturers' guarantees are separate from the automatic rights you have against the seller, and may be more limited. For more information read the Citizens Advice Bureau guide to guarantees and warranties.

Maintenance and insurance

For large complex items, such as a stairlift, check what kind of maintenance contract the supplier offers.

Membership of trade associations

Some suppliers are members of a trade association. Many of these trade associations have a code of practice that governs their members' customer service, and thus may help to project you from unscrupulous selling practices. For example, some trade associations prohibit their members from contacting people uninvited to try and sell their products. They may also prohibit their members from using high pressure selling tactics such as offering a discount if you order that day, or phoning their manager while demonstrating the equipment to you to agree a 'special discount/deal'. Thus if you have a choice of suppliers for the product you wish to purchase we recommend you consider the suppliers who are members of trade association.

We record suppliers' membership of several trade associations (see a list of these trade associations) and our ratings give greater weighting to trade associations with codes of practice which are approved by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) (e.g. the British Healthcare Trade Association) or governed by an audit scheme which meets the requirements of the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).

We also record whether suppliers meet the ISO 9000 series of standards. These standards define a Quality System which certifies that formalised business processes are being applied, and thus may be another indicator to look for if you have a choice of suppliers.

VAT

You may be able to purchase equipment designed for use by disabled people without paying the VAT if you are 'chronically sick or disabled', and you are buying the item/s for your own personal or domestic use. For VAT purposes, a person is 'chronically sick or disabled' if they:

  • Have a physical or mental impairment which has a long-term and substantial adverse effect on their ability to carry out everyday activities.
  • Have a condition that the medical profession treats as a chronic sickness (e.g. diabetes).
  • Are terminally ill.

 

So, you won't qualify if you're only temporarily disabled or incapacitated (e.g. if you have a broken leg).

Examples of products which are likely to qualify for VAT relief (if intended for the personal or domestic use of a chronically sick or disabled person) include:

 

  • wheelchairs
  • stairlifts
  • computer software or hardware designed specifically for disabled individuals
  • kettle tippers, tap turners, button hooks and similar gadgets or devices that are designed solely to make everyday tasks easier for disabled individuals
  • artificial limbs
  • vehicles that have been adapted for use by a wheelchair or stretcher user

Price

Price is important but, if we list more than one supplier, it is important to look for more than just the cheapest price. Check when the prices were last updated (this should be stated under each price). Consider whether:

  • Postage/delivery is included (if shopping by mail order or online)
  • Is the supplier a member of a trade association? (see below)
  • Is one supplier listing the price with VAT and another without VAT?
  • Check the suppliers' returns policies and any guarantees / warranties (see below).
  • For complex equipment that requires maintenance and/or servicing check what's included in the price and what the ongoing costs will be.

Get advice and an assessment

Experienced therapists or trusted assessors know a lot about products and will help you make sure the product is right for you now and will continue to be suitable in the future. 

 

You may be able to get an assessment and advice from social services. GOV.UK website
Alternatively you may choose to pay for a private occupational therapist. If you wish to request a private appointment with an occupational therapist then you can obtain details of local private occupational therapists from the 'College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section - Independent Practice' (COTSS-IP) website. www.cotss-ip.org.uk or phone their enquiry Line: 0845 129 7699.
You can check whether a therapist is state registered with the Health Care professions Council (HCPC) at www.hcpc-uk.org/audiences/

Try before you buy

You can find out about products and try them out, with independent advice at an Independent Living Centre (ILC). There are about 30 ILCs in the UK. Most do not sell products but they will be able to tell you where to buy them. We recommend you make an appointment before you visit

You could view equipment at an exhibition. They are a good opportunity to see what's available and meet the competing suppliers. The main exhibition of equipment is NAIDEX, held annually at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, and Glasgow. www.naidex.co.uk


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