From this Monday 16 August at 7am (AWST) the phone lines opened at Indigo for the Australian geat2GO program.
An Australian Government initiative, geat2GO is a funding source for people eligible for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme and offers older people access to up to $1000 worth of helpful devices and equipment each year (price can include health professional services), to help people maintain or increase their independence.
The aim of the service is not only to supply helpful devices and equipment but also to offer support and advice to meet an individual’s independence goals.
Indigo Chief Executive Officer, Steve Glew, said running the national geat2GO program is a natural fit for Indigo: “Since we evolved into Indigo from the Independent Living Centre about 18 months ago, a key focus for us was on national programs that link in with Indigo’s National Equipment Database (NED), which is Australia’s largest assistive equipment and device database.
“This makes it a seamless addition for Indigo to offer the national geat2GO program across Australia because of our considerable experience helping individuals live more independently with assistive technology.
“We are thrilled to be assisting to close gaps in the Goods Equipment and Assistive Technology (GEAT) service offering and getting more helpful devices and equipment to the people that need it most.” He said.
Some of the items older people can access under geat2go include devices and equipment that provide short-term or ongoing support and can assist with mobility, communication, and personal care. This could include personal alarms, communication aids, medical care aids, reading aids, self-care aids, support and mobility aids and many more.
Indigo will be supplying GEAT across all areas of Australia. Australian geat2GO will be available in all Aged Care Planning Regions on an “as needs” basis and should be used when no other GEAT provider is available.
To access the geat2GO program, Occupational Therapists and assessors can request equipment for eligible consumers by registering at: www.geat2GO.org.au
Consumers need to register for an assessment through the My Aged Care Portal:
Apply for an aged care assessment online | My Aged Care
People can get in touch with the dedicated geat2GO team on:
or call: 1800 518 218