- The service supports people of any age, both in their own homes and in care homes. The environmental controls equipment are designed for people who are permanently and severely disabled with restricted arm function, who are unable to manage everyday tasks such as using the telephone, light switch or television remote controls.
- The individual needs to be able to understand the equipment and be likely to benefit by their levels of independence and security. Alternative and simpler equipment should have been ruled out as a solution to the problems.
- The individual needs to be able to demonstrate sustained motivation to use the equipment.
- Individuals require multiple control functions integrated into a single means of access and for whom multiple devices, each with a separate function are inappropriate.
Where individuals have a variable condition (e.g. a progressive neurological condition), the above criteria can be applied with regard to the person’s anticipated needs and abilities within a clinically appropriate time period. Referrals can be accepted on this basis.
Individuals are not eligible for environmental controls where:
- non-specialist solutions are available and appropriate
- the individual does not have the cognitive ability or motivation to learn to operate equipment
- provision of equipment is inappropriate due to social, environmental or other cicumstances
- equipment is primarily for educational ICT or 'access to work' requirements
Scope of equipment provided
Where provision is outside the funding remit, we can't provide minor adaptations or equipment that effects the fabric of buildings. This would typically be funded through other sources such as Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG).
- door, window and curtain openers (including replacement door locking mechanisms)
- building adaptations:
- other minor adaptations
- equipment for monitoring and health needs:
- tele-care equipment
- tele-health equipment
- tele-rehab equipment
- Other equipment:
- page turners
- neater eaters