Domiciliary Equipment ServiceDomiciliary Equipment Service
Advanced Palliative Equipment Response
The DHS Equipment Program Advanced Palliative Equipment Response (APER) is available for people who meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Live in Metropolitan Adelaide (Equipment Supply Suburb Listing for Metropolitan Adelaide (DOCX 142.8 KB))
- Are registered and an active client of a community palliative service (SA Health Specialist Palliative Care Service)
- Are in the terminal / end stages of their illness as agreed by the palliative service (expected to require services for less than 16 weeks)
- Require a rapid equipment response due to the deteriorating nature of their condition
- Are unable to access equipment through alternate funding sources in a timely manner
Referring to the Program
A person can be referred to DHS Equipment Program using the:
This form only needs to be completed once. DHS Equipment Program staff will review the request and will make contact with the person or their carer to discuss the referral.
Requesting Equipment or Home Modifications
Requests for equipment or home modifications can be made using the following:
- Equipment Request Form - DHS Equipment Program (DOCX 207.5 KB)
- Home Modification Request and Agreement Form - DHS Equipment Program (DOCX 197.6 KB)
If you are unable to complete a follow up check of the equipment or home modification once installed, please indicate this on the request form so that DHS Equipment Program staff can coordinate a follow up check by an occupational therapist or physiotherapist.
Please ensure all other funding sources have been exhausted prior to requesting equipment through APER.
- Clients, under 65 years of age - consider referral to Adults with Chronic Conditions (ACC) - via Domiciliary Care (RDNS) - 1300 295 673 (additional information about this program can be found in FAQ document below)
- Clients, 65 years of age and over - referral through My Aged Care for Home Care Package (1800 200 422) or via the client's existing package provider
Please ensure any bed requests are submitted together with:
- Checklist for the Prescription of Electric Beds for APER clients (DOCX 340.4 KB) - REQUIRED for all bed requests
If further information or assessment is required, DHS staff will liaise with the local health networks who have made the request, and if necessary may engage a suitably qualified allied health clinician to carry out further assessment.
Requesting an Allied Health Assessment for Equipment or Home Modifications
If an assessment is required to determine equipment or home modification needs, this can be requested using:
Please note that mobility assessments must be completed by a physiotherapist.
With Domiciliary Care transferring to RDNS SA as of 1 July 2018, there have been some changes to pathways for people who require palliative services and to have their equipment needs met. The document below provides further information through some frequently asked questions.