EQUIPMENT FOR OLDER OR DISABLED PE

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853023521
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Pages: 564
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 3
2 Main themes of the book 19
3 Overview of provision of equipment in practice 54
4 Equipment and awareness of the law 88
5 When things go wrong 104
6 What statutory services and their staff can and can't do 133
7 Provision of equipment by social services departments 153
8 Provision of equipment by the NHS 194
9 Provision of equipment in residential and nursing homes 228
10 Provision of home adaptations by housing authorities and social service departments 241
11 Provision of equipment for pupils and students with special educational needs 260
12 Provision of equipment and adaptations for work 284
13 War pensioners: provision of equipment and adaptations 297
14 Negligence 303
15 Product liability, safety and legislative requirements 348
16 Buying equipment and making contracts 388
17 Challenging the decisions of statutory services about equipment provision: judicial review 424
18 Breach of duties in relation to equipment: criminal and civil liability 458
A-Z list of equipment and its availability through statutory services 469
Index 533
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