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The occupational therapy service at Shetland Islands Council is urging local residents to return any unwanted assistive equipment so that it can continue supporting people to live independently at home.

The occupational therapy team provides a range of support services to people in the community to help individuals to live independently at home.

After sending the team a referral, individuals may be asked to complete a self-assessment of their home environment or participate in an online assessment so their needs can be met in the most efficient manner. Following the assessment, the occupational therapy team will decide on the appropriate intervention, specific to the user’s needs.

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This could include the provision of items such as mobility equipment and daily living aids, as well as home adaptations, specialist advice, and the use of technology-enabled care (TEC) where necessary.

Now, the occupational therapy service is encouraging people to return assistive equipment that they no longer need to the council. This includes devices like toilet frames, shower stools, bathlifts, bed leavers, and orthopaedic chairs.

People can return their unwanted assistive devices to the Independent Living Centre in Gremista, Shetland. All returned equipment can be left in the returns area under the carport at the lower entrance to the building by the Community Equipment Store entrance.

Shetland Islands Council advises people with queries to call the Community Occupational Therapy Team on 01595 744319.

Devon County Council and NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group also declared an equipment amnesty in August, as they warned that supply chain pressures were leading to a shortage of vital aids. They urged residents to return unused equipment, with Millbrook Healthcare offering a free collection service.

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