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6.7 Equipment for psychosocial activities
If a recommended psychosocial activity requires special equipment—such as course materials, sporting equipment or musical instruments—hiring or leasing the equipment should be considered in the first instance. This is to both reduce costs in case the client decides not to continue the activity and to reinforce that the aim of rehabilitation is self-reliance, rather than ongoing dependence on external support.
If the client requires consumables such as paint, photography paper, canvases, stationery, etc., in order to participate in an approved activity, such as a course, then this can be provided for the duration of the course. However, once the course is finished, if the client wishes to continue with the activity independently, then they will be responsible for meeting these costs into the future.
If the client wishes to pursue the activity after the initial period agreed to in the rehabilitation plan, they will need purchase the item for themselves and should be made aware of this from the outset.
However, if a hiring or leasing the equipment is not available and/or hiring proves to be more expensive than purchasing equipment, purchasing should considered as part of an assessment of the cost-effectiveness of the whole activity.
For more detailed policy information about providing equipment, aids and appliances under the rehabilitation provisions, see section 10.3 of this library.