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Adaptive Equipment Maintenance Protocols

Friday, December 14, 2012

These protocols establish the standards and guidelines by which the Department on Disability Services (DDS), Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA), will sanction providers whose performance related to the procurement, repair, or maintenance of adaptive equipment is deficient, or which poses a serious threat to the health, safety and well being of the person(s) receiving services from the agency.

This manual includes recommended maintenance protocols for eleven different types of adaptive equipment. It is the responsibility of each staff member who supports a person with a disability to be familiar with all of the adaptive equipment that the person uses to interact with their environment. Routine inspections, cleaning, maintenance, and reporting problems are part of the job responsibility of Direct Support Professionals, Qualified Developmental Disability Professionals, Program Coordinators, nurses and other therapists. Each staff member is also responsible for following up on problems related to adaptive equipment until the problem has been resolved. Whenever possible, the person who uses the device should be taught how to inspect the adaptive equipment they use for wear, clean it and report problems.

Table of Contents


Adaptive Equipment Maintenance

1 Ankle Foot Orthoses
2 Canes
3 Communication Devices
4 Dentures
5 Eyeglasses
6 Hearing Aids
7 Hospital Bed

7.1 Mattresses

8 Mealtime Utensils
9 Shower Chairs
10 Walkers

10.1 Rollator Walker
10.2 Standard Walker

11 Wheelchairs


  • Adaptive Equipment Checklists
  • Manual Wheelchairs
  • Power Chairs
  • Wheelchair Lifts
  • Walkers
  • Ankle Foot Orthoses
  • Shower Chairs
  • Hospital Beds
  • Communication Devices
  • Hearing Aids
  • CPAP/BiPAP Machines