This comprehensive book explains the provision, both law and practice, of equipment and home adaptations to assist older or disabled people in daily living. Characterised by ill-defined statutory reponsibilities and terminology, and an under-developed consumer retail market, the system of provision has long been recognised as chaotic and confusing for professionals and public alike. This is despite the fact that equipment and adaptations are meant to be a central plank of community care. Necessarily wide-ranging but maintaining its focus, the book aims critically to describe the system and thereby promote better practice. By exploring boundaries and breaking points, it will assist people to understand the law when things go wrong - from negligence to judicial review, and from contract to product safety legislation. The range of items covered is great, from alarms to artificial limbs, baths to bedrooms, chopping boards to crutches, electronic toothbrushes to environmental controls, hearing aids to hoists, incontinence pads to ironing equipment, rails to ramps, speech aids to stairlifts, and walking frames to wheelchairs.A further twist is that, if housing authorities do not assist with adaptations, then social services departments sometimes fund even major adaptations as well. ... Some of this good practice is achieved by home improvement agencies (HIAs) which coordinate and facilitate the ... in grant payment or materials a with repairs , improvements or adaptations to a dwelling (including a mobile home or house boat).
|Title||:||Equipment for Older Or Disabled People and the Law|
|Publisher||:||Jessica Kingsley Publishers - 1997-01|