ILC Goods, Equipment and Assistive Technology (GEAT) service, funded through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme, helps eligible people to access aids and equipment to assist them to do daily tasks and to maintain their safety and independence.
It is designed for people with low level needs and generally a maximum of $500 is available per year to assist with obtaining an item/s. This can include the purchase of the item/s, consultation to provide information about aids and equipment and/or hire for short term needs. The individual is expected to pay a contribution of 25% of the cost of the item.
Peter obtains a height adjustable chair through GEAT to assist him to prepare meals
Peter lives in his own home and is independent in all activities of daily living. He contacted My Aged Care as he was having some trouble with his balance whilst working in the kitchen preparing his meals. Peter’s occupational therapist identified that a height adjustable utility chair would assist him to carry out his kitchen tasks while seated, ensuring that he doesn’t have a fall.
My Aged Care linked him with a Regional Assessment Services (RAS) assessor who set up some domestic services, and also referred to GEAT to assist with provision of the chair. GEAT contacted Peter and his therapist to arrange the delivery of the chair and also to provide some information about where he can purchase a PilBob, which is a type of medication aid.
Referrals to ILC GEAT are through the My Aged Care portal, via a RAS or ACAT assessor.
Contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 if you feel you could benefit from the ILC GEAT service or email email@example.com.