The Red Cross currently provides the community equipment service in the following areas:
In each of these areas, the Red Cross hold contracts with local authorities and social services departments to manage and distribute their community equipment. They provide long-term loans of essential equipment – such as hoists, commodes and grab rails.
As well as providing equipment to help vulnerable people live independently at home, they can also make minor structural improvements to properties – such as installing ramps – for those having difficulties at home.
Who is the service for?
People generally need a medical referral to use the community equipment service. It is possible to directly secure a walking frame or other item of equipment from the mobility aids section.
For more information about the service, call 0845 127 2911.