Equipment is loaned by a number of agencies. As a general rule:
Social Services are responsible for equipment that relates to activities of daily living or safety in the home. The equipment is for long term need.
The Health Authority will provide equipment when there is a short term need, for example when recovering from surgery.
Education Department can provide equipment that is necessary for the child to attend school or be educated.
Equipment provided by the Health Authority is provided free of charge on loan.
Social Services do not provide equipment that costs under £15. All other equipment is loaned free of charge.
If equipment is no longer required, it should be returned to the loan store that issued it.