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Equipment and Adaptations

Peterborough Community Services Health and Social Care  01733 747474

have a statutory obligation to carry out an assessment of your needs. The assessment is carried out by the Occupational Therapy team. Once your assessed needs have been identified for example bathing, dressing, climbing stairs or preparing food, arrangements for the appropriate minor adaptations and or equipment will be provided. Specialist equipment is given on a long term loan basis and therefore not chargeable.
If you have a hearing impairment, you can get suitable hearing aids through the NHS. Your GP will refer you to a hospital consultant who, if necessary, will then send you to the hearing clinic, where the appliance will be fitted and supplied free of charge.

If you are blind or partially sighted, your Rehabilitation Worker, from Peterborough Community Services Health and Social Care, may supply items such as a white stick and/or cane, a timepiece, equipment to help you with signing and writing, a money sorter, a liquid level, a pill sorter, basic sunglasses and eye droppers.
Tel 01733 747474
Hand magnifiers and complex glasses can be prescribed by the hospital at the Low Vision Clinic Referral is via an Ophthalmic Consultant.
Tel 01733 874387.
Hospital Occupational Therapists can help you find practical solutions to overcome some of the problems that have been caused by your illness/disability if you are in hospital (before discharge). There are many items of equipment designed to help make daily tasks and mobility easier, safer and generally help with your independence once you are home.
Tel 01733 874000 and ask for the Hospital Occupational Therapists.
Medical equipment If you need equipment for medical and nursing care at home, it is supplied through the NHS. This can include specialist beds, commodes, crutches, walking frames. You will need to contact your G.P. Most of this equipment is provided free of charge but a returnable deposit may be charged. Nebulizers are not usually provided by the NHS. Certain charities can provide funding for Nebulizers contact DIAL ( 01733 265551) for information

To return equipment that has been provided for you call 0845 1213456 and the company will collect your items free of charge.

Safe in your own home there are various devices and monitors linked to Community alarm systems that are available from Peterborough Community Services Health and Social Care 01733 747474

Lifeline Cross Keys Homes provides a 24-hour emergency community alarm service known as Lifeline. It is available every day of the year and covers a 50-mile radius of Peterborough.

As part of the alarm service, you have a special button or wear a pendant. If you need help, you simply press the button or pendant, which automatically contacts our 24-hour control centre.

Fully-trained operators will assess the situation and decide what type of help you need. This could be one of the emergency services, a family member or our 24-hour mobile warden service.

Lifeline benefits anyone who feels vulnerable living at home and can help support people of all ages. For example, it can help young children with severe asthma or epilepsy, disabled people and people with illnesses such as multiple sclerosis or motor neurone disease.

To find out more call 01733 385100 or email:
lifeline@crosskeyshomes.co.uk

Aids and Equipment for Children The Local Authority is responsible for providing equipment for daily living and non-medical needs. Your health authority is responsible for providing equipment to meet nursing or medical needs. In addition, equipment to help a child access the curriculum may be arranged by a school or local education authority. Contact Peterborough City Council on 01733 747474 and ask to be put through to the Children with Disabilities Team.

Advice DIAL Peterborough has information regarding all types of equipment. They can also advise on possible sources of funding for specialist equipment. Additionally they can advise on practice and procedure policies. Tel 01733 265551

The Disabled Living Foundation (DLF), produces a pack of 24 publications on equipment, each dealing with a specific subject area. This is available in the main library. The DLF also has a Help line: Open 10:00 am 4.00 pm weekdays. Tel: 0845 1309177

The Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE) is the UK’s leading authority on inclusive design. We aim to help secure a built environment that is usable by everyone, including disabled and older people. CAE pioneered the provision of access guidance for building designers based on collaborative research with disabled people. CAE is a leader in developing the case for designing for disabled people in the context of mainstream inclusive design. Tel/textphone: 0207 840 0125

REMAP UK –. REMAP UK is a voluntary organisation comprising engineers and people with medical and paramedical skills. They give their services free to design and produce individual devices when commercial products are not available. Local contact, Ian Tanner Tel: 01778 343 236

Wheelchairs

There are various styles of wheelchairs: – from the manual type which you propel yourself or with the help of an attendant, to battery powered chairs.

Scooters which can travel on the pavement at a speed up to 4mph and the larger ones which can travel on the road at up to 8mph are NOT provided by the NHS.

If your GP considers that you need a wheelchair, he will refer you to the Wheelchair Clinic at Peterborough Hospital.

You can also hire a wheelchair from

The British Red Cross at Stamford loan chairs for a period of up to two months in the summer and three months in the winter. The number of chairs available is very limited but includes three small wheelchairs, suitable for taking on holiday. Tel: 01780 480599

Shopmobility has wheelchairs for hire for holidays etc.. Contact Shopmobility for their current rates. Tel: 01733 313133

You can of course buy your own wheelchair to suit your specific requirements. See the list of addresses at the end of this section for local showrooms and mail order catalogues. A useful introductory guide is ‘Getting Mobile’ published by RADAR. Tel 0207 2503222

Further information may also be obtained from the Disability Information Trust, Tel: 01865 227592

Whizz-kidz, is a registered charity which provides wheelchairs, mobility aids and wheelchair training for children. Tel: 0207 233 6600

Buying Privately Equipment can also be bought privately. However, it is always advisable to seek advice and the opportunity to try equipment before purchase. This is particularly important if the equipment is expensive and/or complicated. An inappropriate piece of kit may be disabling as well as dangerous and a waste of money. It is also essential that equipment such as a stair lift is competently and properly installed.

Bentley Nursing Supplies, Northgate House, Dukesmead, Werrington, Peterborough, PE4 6ZN stock a range of nursing supplies and disability equipment Tel: 01733 555838

Boots also have a small stock of aids and equipment as well as a mail order catalogue. Tel: 01733 312211

Disabled Living Centre,33 Ryhall Road, Stamford, Lincs. Has a range of equipment to try out.
Tel: 01780 480599 Best to make an appointment. Nationally they have an equipment shop tel 0844 8930089.
Equipment Direct have an on-line assessment to find equipment their aim is to improve independent living for older people and those with an impairment 0845 1221454 http://www.equipmentdirect.org.uk/

Gordon Rehab, 26b North Street, Stilton, Peterborough call themselves “ The Big Chair Company.” They are manufacturers of barriatric & made to measure rise & recliner chairs Tel: 01733 243933 (Can arrange home visit in some circumstances)

Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) designs and sells products, through mail order, for people who have difficulty because of sight loss. Advice and leaflets covering a wide range of subjects are also available. Tel: 0845 7023153

The Mobility Aids Centre, 88d South Street, Stanground, Peterborough Supply, service and install equipment for the elderly and disabled people Tel: 01733 344930

Tansor Assessment Centre, Fotheringhay Road, Tansor, Peterborough, Sell a range of equipment for people with disabilities. Also have a qualified Occupational Therapist.
Tel 01832 226055 for appointment.
Naidex, usually has two exhibitions per year – one in the Spring normally in Manchester or Birmingham and one in the Autumn in London. Naidex is the biggest new product showcase in the UK with thousands of products on show to aid independent living – including wheelchairs, scooters, adapted vehicles, pressure relieving beds, walking aids, recliner chairs, stairlifts, access equipment, household equipment, daily living aids. Tel: 020 7728 3723

The Disability Equipment Register is a nationwide non-profit making service, through which you can buy, sell or exchange any used item of specialised equipment Tel: 01454 318818

Keep Able claim to be the UK largest distributor of disability equipment and mobility aids, telephone for their latest brochure Tel 08705 202122

ROMPA is a leading marketer, designer, manufacturer and installer of products, services and concepts for people of all ages with sensory impairments and learning disabilities. Tel: 0800 056 2323

Nottingham Rehab offer a comprehensive range of over 2,000 disability aids and products, these include their own developed and exclusive products Tel: 0845 1204522

VAT exemption for disabled or long-term ill people

If you are chronically sick or disabled and are purchasing goods or services that have been specifically designed to help with your condition or disability, you will not have to pay VAT on them provided they are for your own personal or domestic use. You do not need to be officially registered as disabled to be eligible.

To qualify for VAT relief a person must be ‘chronically sick or disabled’, i.e. they must:

have a physical or mental impairment that has a long-term and severe effect on their ability to carry out everyday activities, or
have a condition that doctors treat as a chronic sickness (e.g. diabetes), or
be terminally ill
Copies of the leaflet “VAT Relief’s for People with Disabilities 701/02 ” and further advice is available from the National VAT Advice Service tel: 0845 010 9000 textphone 0845 000 0200.

VAT

VAT exemption for disabled or long-term ill people

If you are chronically sick or disabled and are purchasing goods or services that have been specifically designed to help with your condition or disability, you will not have to pay VAT on them provided they are for your own personal or domestic use. You do not need to be officially registered as disabled to be eligible.

To qualify for VAT relief a person must be ‘chronically sick or disabled’, i.e. they must:

have a physical or mental impairment that has a long-term and severe effect on their ability to carry out everyday activities, or
have a condition that doctors treat as a chronic sickness (e.g. diabetes), or
be terminally ill
Copies of the leaflet “VAT Relief’s for People with Disabilities 701/02 ”

and further advice is available from the National VAT Advice Service

tel: 0845 010 9000 textphone 0845 000 0200.
10.1 VAT Eligibility declaration by a disabled person

Please note there are penalties for making false declarations
Customer If you are in any doubt as to whether you are eligible to receive goods or services zero-rated for VAT you should consult Notice 701/7 VAT reliefs for disabled people or contact our National Advice Service on 0845 3020203 before signing the declaration.
I (full name) ……………………………………………………………………
of (address) ……………………………………………………………………
……………………………………………………………………………………..
declare that:
I am chronically sick or have a disabling condition by reason of: (give full and specific description of your condition);
and that
I am receiving from: (name and address of supplier)

* the following goods which are being supplied to me for domestic or my personal use:(description of goods)

* the following services to adapt goods to suit my condition: (description of services and goods)

* the following services of installation, repair or maintenance of goods:
(description of services and goods)

* the following alterations to my private residence:
(description of alteration)

* the services of monitoring a personal alarm call system
and I claim relief from value added tax.
……………………………………………………………………..(Signature)
………………………………………………………………………….. (Date)
Fill in form and hand to trader of goods or services

Supplier
I (full name) ……………………………………………………………………….
of (address) ……………………………………………………………………….
…………………………………………………………………………………………
am supplying to the person named above:
* the following goods:
(description of goods)
* the following services of adapting goods:
(description of services and goods)
* the following services of installation, repair or maintenance of goods:
(description of services and goods)
* the following alterations to a private residence:
(description of alteration)
* the services of monitoring a personal alarm call system
for the personal use of the disabled person.
…………………………………………………………………….. (Signature)
……………………………………………………………………………. (Date)
*Delete words not applicable
Note
You should keep this declaration for production to your VAT officer. The production of this declaration does not automatically justify the zero-rating of the supply. You must ensure that the goods and services you are supplying qualify for zero-rating.