Practical aids and equipment are sometimes needed so that a person can maintain independence, or in order for a person to be cared for safely and comfortably at home.
Members of the healthcare team can advise people on what might be useful. For example: physiotherapists can advise about aids for moving around; occupational therapists provide assistance with aids and home improvements to make activities of daily living easier etc.
The equipment recommended can be obtained from a number of sources, including the Department's Community Equipment Scheme (DCES). The DCES equipment is available for loan for a single annual fee.
Contact details for the DCES teams in the different areas are:
Phone: (03) 6222 7226
Phone: (03) 6348 7906
Phone: (03) 6426 2429
The Palliative Care Services also has equipment, or can assist with accessing equipment. There may be a small rental charge for some equipment. Click on this link for contact details for your nearest palliative care team.
Additional publications and useful links are also available to assist individuals in managing care and accessing relevant information. Click on the following links to access this information: