All County Councils have a statutory requirement to provide Community Equipment Services for people with social care needs, to enable them to stay living at home as independently as possible. NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group have a statutory requirement to provide similar equipment for people with health care needs.
Norfolk County Council (NCC) and Suffolk County Council (SCC) work together to provide an Integrated Community Equipment Service (ICES) for Norfolk & Waveney. Nottingham Rehab Services Ltd (NRS Healthcare) is our service provider for the delivery, collection, repair and servicing of community equipment within Norfolk and Waveney.
Working closely with occupational therapists and other clinicians, ICES loans equipment free of charge to enable people to stay living at home independently, reducing the need for hospital or care home admissions. The provision of equipment is often key to facilitating hospital discharges.
All equipment loaned will be provided on an individual basis to people who have been assessed as needing it.
Here are some examples of what their equipment can help with:
- Getting into and out of bed
- Getting in and out of the bath, or up from the toilet
- Getting washed and dressed
- Getting up out of a chair
- Carrying things between rooms