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Functional aids

Functional aids enable you to continue to carry out everyday activities by overcoming certain physical problems. These aids can help you maintain your independence, safety and quality of life. They also help to reduce the risk of falls and injuries.

Functional aids are designed to facilitate activities at home, work or leisure.

  • Vision and hearing: magnifiers, glasses, hearing aids
  • Medical equipment: grab bars, shower seats, lift chairs, bed trapezes, etc.
  • Mobility: cane, walker, wheelchair, scooter
  • Clothing and footwear: long-handled shoehorns, Velcro fasteners, stocking pullers, rubber gloves
  • Telephone: large buttons, visual or very loud ringer, automatic dialling
  • Technology: large-button remote control, on-screen captioning, adapted computer keyboard and mouse, screen reader for computer and tablet, voice commands
  • Cooking: easy-to-grip utensils, side-opening oven door, automatic shut-off appliances
  • Leisure: playing card holders, audio books, long-handled gardening and cleaning tools


The province offers help to pay for equipment and certain supplies. To find out more, visit the Ontario Assistive Devices Program.

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