Please return your commode rather than using it as a plant holder, council asks

PUBLISHED: 16:58 05 October 2016 | UPDATED: 16:58 05 October 2016

Some care equipment being utilised as a plant holder

Some care equipment being utilised as a plant holder


The county council is requesting people return community equipment such as commodes, rather than using them as makeshift furniture.

Hertfordshire Equipment Service (HSE) loans out around 75,000 items of care equipment each year, but roughly a quarter of it is never returned – which the council said costs more than £2million.

Officers have previously found equipment languishing in cupboards, or being resourcefully utilised as plant holders or coat stands.

However, the council said people are often unaware how simple it is to get equipment collected, or that HES is able to clean, service and recycle 80 per cent it.

Colette Wyatt-Lowe, cabinet member for adult care and health, said: “We’re calling on people who use our services, and their relatives, to take a quick look around their homes and contact us if they have any equipment they can return.

“This will help HES provide vital assistance to those in need, helping them to live independently in their homes, while reducing costs for Hertfordshire’s taxpayers.”

In the coming months HES will be introducing an urgent need service that offers same day, next day and two-day services, to

support more people out of hospital sooner and prevent delayed discharges.

Cllr Wyatt-Loew asked anyone with equipment to return to contact HES, providing their name, address and contact phone number, by emailing or by calling 01707 292555.

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