Hire of Equipment is some thing we have developed at The Care Team over many years and now believe it is one of the most important services we provide. There are four main reasons why we hire equipment out:
1 Trial and test equipment prior to purchase
By hiring the equipment for a 4 week period it allows the potential user to take their time and under no pressure decide whether the equipment is truly of help to them or those that care for them.So many conditions are not constant in the way they can effect someone over a 24 hour period or week to week so over a 4 week trial period the person may experience both good and bad days so a true assessment can take place and evidence gathered over the period.If problems do occur it then allows a review of the equipment by one of the Care Team OTs and equipment altered or exchanged at no further cost.
2 Quick Response to need
By hiring for example a chair we can often respond by delivering the same or following day to that of the assessment or request which speeds up discharge or avoids a crisis.We dont need to be concerned with specifics such as colour or style which can be dealt with at a later date during the 4 week hire period.
3 Short term need
Often equipment is only needed for a short period of time and it is uneconomical for purchase to be considered.This may occur in happy situations where equipment is needed for a holiday or rest bite care but equally we hire equipment our for short term use where sadly it may be for end of life care in the community.
4 Changing needs
There are situations where conditions can change quite quickly for both better and worse so again it is not economical to purchase equipment .If a client is improving following a stroke for example they may progress from needing a tilt in space chair to a riser recliner over a 6 week period so hire becomes an ideal option. Similarity the opposite can in conditions which have a fast deterioration associated with them.
As with all Care Team Services our Occupational Therapists will happily advise you on which direction to take depending on your specific circumstances.
Charges for hire
We do charge for the hire of equipment but if the equipment on site is purchased at the end of the 4 week hire period,the hire fee paid to date associated with that actual piece of equipment would be deducted from the purchase price.Please note this does include the delivery charges.We do not charge extra for exchanging or adapting he equipment during the hire period if it is not suitable.