The Kirklees Integrated Community Equipment Service (KICES) is jointly provided by Kirklees Council, North Kirklees CCG and Greater Huddersfield CCG. The service provides a range of equipment to people in the community with disability and health needs to enable them to live more independently and enhance their wellbeing.
The aim of this service is to ensure that people are able to live for longer in the home of their choice. The service also aims to reduce the need for hospital admission where possible, and to ensure that people can be discharged from hospital without delay.
What we do
The service provides community equipment to people and their carers living in the community who meet agreed eligibility criteria. The equipment is designed to aid daily living, support the nursing and care needs of people in their own homes or help with discharge from hospital, and is provided as a free loan for as long as it's needed.
The delivery, collection and storage of the equipment is currently provided by Medequip on behalf of KICES.
Types of equipment we can supply
Aid to daily living:
- mobility (for example walking aids/sticks)
- access (for example grab rails and key safes)
- toileting (for example raised toilet seats and toilet surrounds)
- bathing equipment (for example bath lifts, shower chairs, grips)
- bedroom equipment (for example bed raisers, bed levers, profiling beds)
- seating equipment (for example chair raisers)
- children's equipment (for example seating and standing products)
- pressure relief (for example dynamic air mattresses and foam mattresses and cushions)
- moving and handling equipment (for example hoists, slings and slide sheets)
- certain items of medical equipment
Other more specialist/bespoke items of equipment can also be provided, based on an assessment of need by a Health Care Professional
How to access the service
Sometimes we can provide simple equipment straightaway via Gateway to care, but for more complex needs an assessment will be necessary by a Health or Social Care Professional involved in the person's care. Following this assessment of need, if we agree that equipment is required, this will be provided on loan, with no cost to the person.
Contact gateway to care to discuss your needs.
When equipment is no longer needed it is important to arrange for it to be returned to the service, to enable others to benefit from provision of equipment to meet their needs.
Most equipment can be collected free of charge when no longer needed.
Medequip will collect items where it is economically viable to do so on behalf of Kirklees Council. Where we receive requests to collect smaller items, we will direct you to the nearest amnesty point available to you.
If it has a Medequip label – Contact Medequip and they will arrange to collect items within 10 working days.
If the item is a wheelchair – contact wheelchair services Opcare
Smaller items can be returned to one of the following locations:
- Medequip – Unit 4 Armytage Road, Brighouse HD6 1QF
- Equipment return bins at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary or Eddercliffe Health Centre
Buying your own equipment or adaptations
A lot of equipment is widely available both on the high street and online.
Medequip provide the community equipment service for Kirklees Council and North Kirklees and Greater Huddersfield NHS CCG.
Download the Medequip off retail leaflet to get 10% off your purchase at the following stores:-
Please present this leaflet at the above locations to receive your discount.
Further help and advice
- The Accessible Homes Team factsheets explain a client's journey through the Accessible Homes Team process, from initial referral to completion and aftercare.
- Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) gives free advice about home adaptation
- Independent Age has advice on home adaptation
- The Money Advice Service has advice about shopping around for disability aids and equipment
- Ask SARA helps you find useful advice and products that make daily living easier.
- Living made easy clear, practical advice on daily living equipment.