Direct payments for equipment and minor adaptations
- Minor adaptations
- Ownership and responsibilities
- Cost of the equipment or minor adaptations
- What happens next?
- Where to get equipment
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If you have had an occupational therapy assessment and the outcome is that you need equipment and/or minor adaptations to help with your day to day living, you can elect to purchase this via a direct payment.
You would receive a payment from us towards purchasing the equipment.
- You will have more control and choice over what equipment you purchase, eg style, design or colour, rather than receiving a basic stock item issued directly by us
- You can put the direct payment towards a more expensive, higher specification model of your choice
- You may wish to purchase the equipment from a different supplier than we would use
We must be satisfied that the equipment or minor adaptations you choose to purchase are going to adequately meet your assessed needs.
You would only receive money towards equipment or minor adaptation that we would normally have a responsibility to provide.
The direct payment will include the cost of the equipment plus fitting, training and maintenance for three years.
You will have the responsibility of maintaining the equipment once any manufacturer’s guarantee has expired. You may choose to fund any further warranties privately. You should arrange this directly with the manufacturer.
Minor adaptations up to the cost of £1,000, eg grab rails in your home can be purchased through a direct payment. However you will be responsible for ensuring that they are installed and maintained safely.
For works above £1,000 the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) process would be used. Your occupational therapist will discuss this with you.
Any equipment purchased via a direct payment will belong to you. You will be responsible for its care and maintenance. If the equipment requires regular servicing, we will usually give you additional money as required, to cover this cost.
When the equipment is no longer of use to you, it is yours to dispose. We are not able to buy it from you. Any income raised by the disposal must be put towards the cost of new goods/equipment and will form part of any new Direct Payment.
You will need to take all legal responsibility for the equipment which includes health and safety.
Any unauthorised expenditure may be re-claimed from you.
The direct payment will only fund the amount that it would ordinarily cost us to pay for the equipment or minor adaptations. You would have to top-up any additional costs privately.
- You will sign an agreement. This will state the type of equipment, how much the direct payment will fund and what your responsibilities are
- Your occupational therapist will agree a timescale for the purchase of the equipment
- Once you have purchased the equipment, you must contact your occupational therapist. They can then visit you and advise on whether the equipment meets your needs adequately and appropriately. Any necessary risk assessments will also be completed
- If the equipment requires insurance or a warranty then you will need to purchase this and provide a copy of all relevant documentation to your occupational therapist for our records. You should keep these documents in a safe place. You need to keep any related invoices or receipts as proof of purchase for your equipment or minor works, for a minimum of seven years.
Here are some other suggestions:
- Mobility North London (external link) - 872 High Road, London N12 9RH
- Arden Care Supplies (external link) - provides private homes with a wide range of equipment and mobility aids in their online shop
- JDA (external link) - specialist hearing equipment. Has alerts for phone, doorbell, smoke detector, wake up or baby crying alarm and specialist telephones
- Hearing and Mobility (external link) - a supplier of hearing and mobility aids
- Prestige Healthcare (external link) - has range of orthotics and accessibility products such as stair and bath lifts, bed rails and wheelchairs
- Links to organisations to help with equipping your home on Haricare
- Assistive Technology page
- Health and Mobility Aids on Amazon (external link)
- Mobility and Daily Living Aids from Boots (external link)
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Video shared with kind permission of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, October 2018.
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