Equipment Loan Scheme

The Children and Young People Equipment Loan Service (CAYPELS) lends equipment to children and young people and their families to maximise their independence in daily living and support their participation in the community. This service is available to all residents of the ACT up to and including to the age of 16 years who require specialised equipment. CAYPELS aims to provide specialised equipment for loan to clinicians, clients and their carers for assessment, trial and loan. The prescribed equipment will be loaned to the parent/carer of the child or young person for an agreed period of time with regular reviews of need and extensions of loan where the item is still required.

As an equipment loan service CAYPELS does not provide assessment and prescription of equipment and requires that clients be referred by a clinician (either public or private sector). Clinicians include Speech Pathologists, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists.

CAYPELS provides equipment which is specialised and enhances clients’ abilities in the areas of mobility, activities of daily living (e.g. personal care, play, leisure, transport), communication and assistive technology.

CAYPELS Equipment Loan Trial Form [PDF 120KB] [Word 95KB]
Fact Sheet [PDF 128KB] [Word 493KB]
Manual Handling Risk Checklist [PDF 84KB] [Word 297KB]

Clinician Registration

All referring clinicians are required to register with CAYPELS prior to using the service. The clinicians’ employer will be asked to complete a registration form and provide documentation to confirm the clinicians’ qualifications and or where relevant, their registration status and their ability to practise within the ACT.

CAYPELS Clinician Registration [PDF 147KB] [Word 206KB]

Equipment Inventory

CAYPELS’ Equipment Inventory has information on all items in the CAYPELS equipment pool. Clinicians and clients are encouraged to examine the inventory prior to requesting equipment from CAYPELS. CAYPELS staff are available to advice on whether any particular item is available for loan.

The following inventory documents are only available in Microsoft Excel format. If an alternative format is required for accessibility please contact the CAYPELS team on 6205 1277.

Assistive Technology [PDF 373KB] [Excel 2.4MB]
Communication Devices [PDF 140KB] [Excel 7.2MB]
Mobility Aids [PDF 269KB] [Excel 2.4MB]
Pressure Care and Beds [PDF 92KB] [Excel 353KB]
Seating and Positioning [PDF 473KB] [Excel 2.2MB]
Software and Programs [PDF 106KB] [Excel 511KB]
Standing Frames [PDF 118KB] [Excel 5MB]
Toileting and Bathing [PDF 3308KB] [Excel 1.1MB]
Transferring [PDF 213KB] [Excel 639KB]
Transport [PDF 106KB] [Excel 286KB]
Wheelchairs and Strollers [PDF 426KB] [Excel 4.2MB]

Loaning Equipment

All CAYPELS equipment can be loaned to clients or clinicians. CAYPELS equipment can be reserved by clinicians by completing a Clinicians Equipment Loan Deed Schedule and sending this to CAYPELS. This form must be completed for all equipment loaned to a clinician. A Client Equipment Loan Deed Schedule must be completed for any equipment loaned to a client in their home and an Equipment Loan Deed Schedule completed for loans to be in the educational, childcare or respite setting.

CAYPELS Client Equipment Fact Sheet [PDF 169KB] [Word 101KB]
Equipment Loan Deed Schedule [PDF 157KB] [Word 147KB]
Clinician Equipment Loan Deed Schedule [PDF 146KB] [Word 156KB]
Clinician Equipment Loan Deed Conditions [PDF 242KB] [Word 617KB]
Client Equipment Loan Deed Schedule [PDF 169KB] [Word 148KB]
Client Equipment Loan Deed Conditions [PDF 176KB] [Word 216KB]

The length of CAYPELS loans are as follows:

  • Clinician Loans - 4 weeks
  • Client Loans - 3 months
  • Equipment Loans (in childcare settings) - 3 months
  • Equipment Loans (in Educational settings) - 1 term or due to be returned at the end of each term

Home delivery/collection is normally to be by the clinician or family but in certain circumstances equipment can also be collected or delivered by CAYPELS staff. The relevant section of the Equipment Loan Deed Schedule must be completed when transport of equipment is required.

Equipment Returns and Extensions of Loans

CAYPELS items on loan will be reviewed by CAYPELS staff on a regular basis. CAYPELS administration will notify the clinician and the client in writing when equipment is due to be returned. Clinicians must advise the CAYPELS Coordinator if the equipment is still required. The CAYPELS coordinator will then either arrange collection of the equipment, an extension of the loan period or a swap of the equipment if a service is due.

Contact Details

CAYPELS staff are located at the Holder Centre, 26 Weingarth Street, Holder and can be contacted on (02) 6205 1277.