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Living safely and independently

The Occupational Therapy Service helps people to live safely and independently in their own homes.

We do this by:

  • Providing advice
  • Looking at ways in which you can do everyday tasks differently
  • Lending you a specialist piece of equipment
  • Recommending adaptations or changes to your home
  • Offering a Carer's Assessment
  • Referring you to other services that can provide advice and support.
  • Working with local health and housing providers to assess your needs and provide appropriate support for specialist equipment, adaptations or re-housing.

How to apply?

You or someone you know can make a referral to the Occupational Therapy Service by contacting one of the offices listed below.

You can also download or request a copy of Self-Assessment Form which enables you to have minor adaptations or equipment fitted, such as handrails, without the need for a full assessment or home visit.

What happens next?

If a home visit is necessary, you may wish to ask a carer, friend, family member or advocate to be there when the visit takes place. You will be asked to show how you manage to do tasks such as:

  • Getting in and out of your home, around your house and up and down the stairs
  • Getting on and off the toilet, in and out of bed and in and out of your bath
  • And with your consent , we may ask others to help us understand your medical problem such as your GP, physiotherapist or nurse.

What is available?

There is a wide range of equipment that the Occupational Therapy Service can supply following assessment:

  • Toilet frames and raised toilet seats
  • Bed rails and bed raisers
  • Chair raisers
  • Bathing equipment
  • Tap turners and kettle tippers
  • Bannister rails
  • Grab rails
  • External handrails

Equipment that is not assessed for or provided includes:

  • Beds
  • Commodes
  • Bed cradles
  • Bed back rests
  • Foot stools
  • Bed pan
  • Bar raisers
  • Bed tables
  • Pressure relieving cushions and mattresses
  • Bed rails
  • Walking aids

If you need an assessment for any of the above items please contact your own GP surgery.

For short term loan of wheelchairs please contact the Red Cross.

Related Information

Contact Details


Occupational Therapy Service - Annandale and Eskdale

Annan Town Hall
High Street

Tel: 0303 333 3001

Occupational Therapy Service - Newton Stewart

Penninghame Centre
Auchendoon Road
Newton Stewart

Tel: 0303 333 3001


Occupational Therapy Service - Nithsdale

122-124 Irish Street

Tel: 0303 333 3001

Occupational Therapy Service - Stewartry

Gardenhill Primary Care Centre
2 Gardenhill Road
Castle Douglas

Tel: 0303 333 3001


Occupational Therapy Service - Stranraer

Ashwood House
Sun Street

Tel: 0303 333 3001

Contact Dumfries and Galloway Council T: 030 33 33 3000

Council Offices
English Street

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