Equipment and Adaptations
Most people want to stay in their own home and maintain their independence for as long as possible.
There are practical steps you can take to help you remain in control and a lot of different equipment and daily living aids that you can purchase yourself without needing to have an assessment or a referral, such as:
- Daily living aids that make everyday tasks, personal care and household chores easier to manage
- Tools and implements to make things easier to reach and hold
- Equipment to help you maintain your hobbies
- Gadgets to help with controlling your TV, using the telephone, listening to the radio, using your computer, hearing the doorbell and much more
- Items that help with mobility, shopping and driving
- Products for your home and garden
Occupational therapy assess the needs of people with disabilities and provide support to promote independence, and to enable individuals and their carers to improve their ability to manage their daily lives.
Occupational therapists can help people with an illness or condition by supporting them to learn or relearn the skills necessary for daily living. This may involve setting goals around the difficulties the individual is having and working towards these to increase confidence and independence. In some cases, occupational therapy staff may need to give advice suggesting alternative practical ways of doing things.
If you require a mobility assessment for a walking aid, are experiencing falls at home or require assessment for a wheelchair you should speak with your GP for a referral to the community physiotherapy team, falls team or wheelchair services.
If you have problems moving around your home, managing personal care or completing food preparation there is a range of specially designed equipment and adaptations to make your life at home easier and safer.
Moving around your home
If you choose to order equipment yourself, you will be responsible for the costs of what you have purchased. However, if following our assessment we agree that you need equipment to make your day to day living easier, then we will pay the cost of the loan of that equipment. You can look at a range of equipment on our Equipment Catalogue.
In some cases, an occupational therapist may to need to advise on major adaptations to make your home more suitable so that you can continue to live there or maintain your independence. Our housing department can provide Disabled Facilities Grants to pay or help pay for alterations under the Care and Repair service.
Some typical examples of major adaptations include:
ramped access to a property
widening of doorways for wheelchair accessibility
installation of a stairlift
creating level access shower facilities
lowering of work surfaces in kitchens.