Equipment

What is Equipment?

Equipment can be defined as any item or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified or customised that is used to increase the functional capabilities of individuals. 

Equipment provision can help children, adults and older people with disabilities to live as full and independent lives as possible. It can also support people providing care to work safely.

The Dundee and Angus Equipment Service supports the delivery, collection and refurbishment of equipment items loaned to people in Angus who have been assessed by Occupational Therapy or Nursing services. The equipment is issued to support people living in their own home to be safe and independent or to support carers working in people’s home.

  • People and their carers are involved fully in their assessment.
  • People are provided with information about equipment and sources of supports and are able to make informed choices.
  • People are provided with advice, based on evidence and experience.
  • We recommend equipment that is safe and appropriate for people and carers to use.
  • Access to assessment is fair and consistent. There should be no discrimination on the grounds of race, disability, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief or type of community setting. Staff should ensure that people with specific communication needs can participate in their assessment.
  • We promote partnership working in relation to the provision of equipment.
  • We remove unnecessary barriers to people accessing the right equipment.
  • We provide necessary training to support the prescription of Equipment.

If the provision of equipment is not appropriate, then this will be communicated by staff to all required parties. Our reasoning for our decision will be discussed and clearly outlined.

If you are looking for more information about equipment that may assist you or someone you know, you can visit The Independent Living Angus (add link) website. You can access information on a range of equipment items as well as completing assessments in areas of difficulty which may then identify specific solutions for you.  There may be an option for these items to be loaned to you or you may decide to purchase them privately yourself.  You may also be given useful information and advice on other supports available.

Why Manual Handling Equipment Matters?

Manual handling might not seem high risk, but it is actually one of the most common causes of workplace injuries. The importance of using safe manual handling equipment can therefore mean the difference between a productive day at work or being off work with a bad back!

Manual handling is an everyday task and when we are supporting people at home, in care homes, hospitals or in the community, workers can take continuous physical weight when supporting people to move or mobilise.

Family and Friends of loved ones can also find themselves providing physical assistance, care and support which involves manual handling and its important that they are working safely and can access the right information, advice and training that keeps them safe.

Having appropriate equipment such as hoists, stand aids, and overhead tracks can reduce the risks of injury to workers/carers and the people we care for.

Everyone who is required to use any piece of manual handling equipment should firstly have had manual handling training. The level of training will be informed by the care tasks they are undertaking.

This training will enable people to discuss, demonstrate and practice with the equipment and feel confident to use as part of their role. If people have not had sufficient training this can lead to all involved being at risk.

Please feel free to look at our courses to access training or speak to the relevant person. (can there be a link to the training page in this sentence)

How is Equipment Funded?

AHSCP have a service level agreement with Dundee Council, Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership and NHS Tayside to support the delivery, collection and maintenance of equipment loaned to people in their own home in Angus. 

A range of equipment can be loaned free of charge to people following an assessment of need. Occupational Therapy and/ or Nursing staff can order items from the Dundee and Angus Equipment Service and have it delivered free of charge to people in their home.  The Equipment Service will also ensure that the equipment is serviced and maintained if this is required and will also collect equipment if it is no longer required.

The Occupational Therapy Service may also be able to arrange the installation of other solutions, for example track ceiling hoists that are not available from the Equipment Service.  These items may be loaned to you while they are needed and then removed if no longer required. 

How can I be assessed for Equipment?

If you or anyone else on your behalf wants to discuss equipment and what may or may not be suitable, you can contact First Contact OT and they will get in contact with you.  Their contact details are: FirstContactOT@angus.gov.uk or phone (01241) 465274.

If you are looking for more information about equipment that may assist you or someone you know, you can visit the Independent Living Angus website. You can access information on a range of equipment items as well as completing assessments in areas of difficulty which may then identify specific solutions for you.  There may be an option for these items to be loaned to you or you may decide to purchase them privately yourself.  You may also be given useful information and advice on other supports available.

Skip to content