In some cases, aged care organisations might supply their clients with equipment to use outside of the service environment, for example, within the care recipient’s own home if they are receiving a Home Care Package (ACQSC 2021).
Any equipment provided by the organisation must be fit for purpose; that is, safe, suitable, clean and well-maintained (ACQSC 2021).
For example, if installing a handrail for a client, the organisation would be responsible for firstly choosing a high-quality, sturdy handrail to implement, and then ensuring it’s installed correctly (CDCS 2019).
Any third-party services subcontracted by the organisation must also use equipment that is deemed fit for purpose. It’s the organisation’s responsibility to ensure that subcontracted services are using appropriate equipment (ACQSC 2021).
Furthermore, the organisation is also responsible for assessing any equipment owned by the care recipient themselves that is required in the delivery of supports and services. For example, if a staff member noticed a crack in a client’s shower chair, they would need to raise this concern with the client (ACQSC 2021; CDCS 2019).