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:
- 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.