This text provides a survey of the law and practice relevant to all forms of disability equipment, its availability and what to do if something goes wrong.
Part 1 Introduction and overview: introduction; main characteristics and themes of equipment provision; equipment for older people and disabled people - what is it for, who uses it and how one get it?; why know about the law?; what to do when things go wrong; what statutory services and their staff can and can't do.
Part 2 Provision of equipment by statutory services - legislation, guidance and practice: NHS - provisions of equipment; social services departments - provision of equipment; nursing homes and residential homes - provision of equipment; housing authorities - provision of adaptations; education authorities and schools - provision of equipment and adaptations; employment service - provision of equipment and adaptations; war pensioners.
Part 3 Equipment provision and legal action: carelessly providing equipment - negligence; unsafe and defective equipment - and lifting and handling people; buying equipment - quality and unfairness - the law of contract; challenging the decisions of statutory services - judicial review; breach of statutory duty - criminal and civil liability.
Part 4 A-Z list of types of disability equipment - what there is and how it is provided: A-z list of equipment types.