The Community Equipment Service is a jointly funded partnership between Sunderland City Council and the NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group.
It supplies and fits equipment and minor adaptations to enable children and adults with disabilities to live at home.
The equipment is designed to promote personal independence, safety and mobility. It is also supplied to the health and social care practitioners to help in the course of their work in the community.
You might need community equipment for different reasons:
- To make a return home easier after a hospital stay or major operation
- To prevent admission to hospital or into residential care
- To prevent falls and accidents
- As an essential section of the community health and rehabilitation services
- To help carers provide the necessary care
- As an essential part of community and continuing care.
Who can receive equipment?
In order to determine what equipment we should loan to you, you will need an assessment of need by a social worker, community care officer or an occupational therapist. This will make sure that any equipment is designed to meet your current and future needs.
We use guidance to work out what is appropriate to meet your needs. This helps to make sure that people are treated fairly and that those most in need receive services.
Sometimes, you may be able to assess your own needs to identify the equipment you need.