Often life can be improved without the need for lots of equipment or adaptations. Alternative techniques can be taught for getting in and out of your home, around your house and up and down the stairs or getting on and off the toilet and in and out of bed or bath.
For each area of difficulty there is usually more than one possible solution.
What you need to do
Contact your local Occupational Therapy Service by using the contact details below and ask for an occupational therapy assessment, also called a referral.
At this stage you may be offered a Self Assessment [561kb]. This service enables you to have equipment or minor adaptations such as rails without the need for a full assessment or a home visit. You can request a Self Assessment leaflet and form [831kb] from any of the offices listed .
What happens next?
If a home visit is necessary, someone will contact you to arrange an appointment. You may wish to ask a Carer, friend, advocate or family member to be present when the visit takes place.
Once we have identified the difficulties experienced by you or your Carer, together we will work out ways in which these can be resolved.
We will do this by:
We may ask others to help us understand your medical problem such as your GP, physiotherapist or nurse, with your consent.
We also work with local health and housing providers to assess needs and provide appropriate support for specialist equipment, adaptations or re-housing.
What Happens When You No Longer Need Equipment
The Integrated Equipment Service (ICES) will collect and recycle equipment once you no longer need it. Contact 01387 244406