It is well recognised that assistive equipment and technology can enable people to do tasks that they otherwise would be unable to do, or to support people to be safer and more independent.
As of 1 July 2018, the ILC will be providing a new service, known as GEAT (Goods, Equipment and Assistive Technology), which will enable people who are eligible for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) to access items to assist them to perform daily tasks and to maintain their independence.
Access to this service will be via referral from the Regional Assessment Service (RAS), where the assessor determines that assistive equipment may be needed to support an individual to reach their goals and maximise their independence and autonomy.
The GEAT service may include the support of an occupational therapist with expertise in assistive equipment and technology.
Items available will include those that provide short-term and ongoing support and assist with mobility, communication, reading and personal care.
Examples of the types of items that will be available include:
- Dressing aids
- Shower chairs
- Sensor mats
- Over-toilet frames
- Walking frames
- Adapted utensils
- Low vision aids
Depending on an individual’s eligibility for obtaining equipment, some people may be assisted with the purchase or hire of these items.
The GEAT service will be state-wide with the initial rollout being in the Perth metropolitan area.
The ILC has been the leading centre of excellence for assistive technology and equipment options for 40 years and is well placed to provide this valuable service to support older people to remain living independently in their own homes.
For further information about the GEAT service contact Service Coordinator Jenny Bishop on firstname.lastname@example.org or (08) 9381 0600.