A wide range of equipment can be employed for the support of service users in adult social care.

A care home should be fitted with appropriate equipment and adaptations which are designed to support service users by encouraging their independence and enhancing their lifestyle.

Home care service users with disabilities or significant health needs may require specialist equipment provided or installed in order for them to remain in their home and retain their independence.

This topic covers therapeutic and care equipment, including the use of equipment that might restrict the movement of service users, such as bed rails.

Related information can be found in the topics on Use of Hoists, Intermediate Care, Reablement and Short-term Care, Work Equipment, Community Housing Adaptations and Mobility Aids and Moving and Handling.

Wheelchairs and adaptations to the care home premises to enhance access are covered in the Disabled Access and Mobility in the Care Home topic.

Assistive technology equipment is covered in the Telecare topic.

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