Support team to advise on maximising independence

Posted on February 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A government initiative to improve provision of equipment that enables older and disabled people across England to remain independent has been welcomed by the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID). Recently announced by health minister Jacqui Smith, the Integrating Community Equipment Services Implementation Support Team will provide advice to NHS trusts and local councils to help them modernise local equipment services as outlined in guidance issued by the Government in early 2001. RNID director of communications Brian Lamb said the provision of equipment such as telephone amplifiers and pager systems for the 8.7 million deaf and hard of hearing people in the UK varied between each local authority. “We hope the new support team will ensure that best practice is shared so that assistive devices will become available across the board,” Mr Lamb said. “It’s easy to imagine the difference that a flashing smoke alarm could make to the life of someone who is deaf or hard of hearing. Some community equipme

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