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Housing & equipment

Our homes are the place we feel relaxed, safe and confident. When this is compromised through accident or illness an occupational therapist can help by ensuring that your home environment best meets your changing or new abilities. It maybe though advice on small items of equipment, larger purchases such as stair lifts or support with more major changes such as bathroom modifications.

What does a housing & equipment OT do?

An occupational therapist that specialises in housing and equipment provision is an expert in ensuring that the home environment meets both long and short term needs. Our OT will use 3 factors in their assessment to shape their advice. Firstly they will look at how the client previously and currently lives their daily life in terms of their goals, routine and dependencies. Secondly they will review the current or likely future physical environment and thirdly they will assess the client's previous, current and likely furure level of physical and cognitive abilities and challenges together with those of their carers or family. Once they have these key pieces of information they will use their skills and training to form recommendations to reduce physical barriers and maximise independence and safety.

Our approach

We provide relevant, timely and practical advice to clients in their own homes. We visit client's at a time convenient for them to do our assessment and provide advice. Our aim is to help clients and their families to become as independent as possible, as soon as possible, through relevant, practical advice and recommendations.

Why use The OT Practice to provide support with housing & equipment?

  • We provide expert advice from the moment you first call us. Our housing & equipment enquiries are answered by a member of our client management team who will be able to provide relevant information about our service, answer any questions you may have and provide guidance on next steps.
  • Using us allows rapid access to expert occupational therapy housing & equipment advice avoiding long NHS or Social Service waiting lists.
  • We have a nationwide team of expert housing & equipment occupational therapists and will select the best therapist based on location and clinical need.
  • Our packages of care are provided into client’s own homes meaning that advice is realistic based on the environment and resources available.
  • We have established relationships of experienced companies to provide support with equipment purchase, trials or major adaptation works.
  • We provide an all inclusive cost to ensure that our services are fully transparent from the start.

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Our client’s experience

When Grace was 22 years old she was involved in a serious road traffic accident. Her spinal cord was partially severed resulting in paralysis from her chest downwards. The OT Practice Housing & Equipment team worked with Grace to understand and achieve her goals.

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Packages of care

Assessment & advice

An initial assessment is carried out in a client’s own home to review the environment and establish current difficulties. We adopt a consultative approach to gather information and provide any immediate verbal advice where we can. The assessment is then followed up with a detailed report. Our recommendations section of the report contains advice on immediate and long term solutions to any challenges identified. If equipment is recommended we will include the make, model source and likely cost for funding approval or direct ordering. If needed we also provide detailed drawings for works and specification for use with builders.

Equipment trials & quotes

We aim to provide cost effecting, practical and long term solutions to the day to day difficulties that client's may face.

For larger and more costly pieces of equipment such as some hoists or specialist chairs for example, the OT may recommend that these are trialled to ensure they are definitely the best solution. Often this may be the best way to ascertain if an item is suitable both clinically and appropriate for the desired environment.

If a bespoke item needs to be made an equipment trial will allow for accurate measuring and to gain the specialist advice from the relevant company representatives.

In these situations our occupational therapist will make recommendations on the most suitable course of action. Where a bespoke items need to be made they will always advise they (or an alternative suitability trained clinician) be present to ensure that the correct specifications are taken and quoted for to avoid costly mistakes.

Consultancy

Our team are experts in inclusive design. The role of an occupational therapist in housing development is to ensure that works are going to be fit for purpose and meet residents current, long term and potentially variable needs. Our housing occupational therapists can provide a consultancy service for projects to ensure viability and accessibility to all markets.

Project management

If the initial assessment has identified a need for the supply and fitting of equipment or for example the installation of a wet room, this is something we can manage for you allowing you and your family to relax in the knowledge that you are in safe hands.

This service is ideal for those whose family members are concerned about a relative that is not geographically close to them or are too frail to organise the work themselves. We also often find families that are in crisis need this support and assistance so their energies can be directed at managing the family situation.

We will always provide a thorough initial assessment and report before implementing the recommendations you choose and ensuring they are carried out in the style that suits you.

Services we can manage on your behalf may for example include (but not limited to): Installation of grab rails, building of ramps, supply and fit of equipment, installation of wet rooms, extensions and installation of stair lifts.

Building plan reviews

When a property is being brought 'off plan' or when extensive building works are being completed, our team can review architectural plans to ensure the end product has the design and environmental considerations needed to future proof a home.

We also offer a overseas service for clients purchasing retirement properties abroad wanting to ensure it will meet their current and future needs.

Waiting list clearance

We have extensive experience of waiting-list and case-load management for our Local Authority clients. Our forward-thinking approach allows us to tailor services to meet each authority's needs and to react promptly to their demands. We currently work with a number of local authorities throughout the UK helping them to reduce strain on internal teams, in an economical way, without compromising quality of service.

Some of our local authority clients use us to manage ‘low and moderate need’ or DFG cases, allowing in-house staff to manage more complex cases while others outsource the complex cases to us. Others ask us to take on their entire backlog and clear their waiting lists.

Because the needs of our local authority clients are so diverse, we develop an individually tailored package with each one to ensure we deliver exactly what they require within pre-agreed timeframes and budgets.

Disabled Facility Grant (DFG) assessments

We provide a thorough individual assessment in support of a Disabled Facilities Grant application, where an occupational therapist’s report provides essential evidence that home alterations are ‘necessary and appropriate’ as indicated within the framework of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (as amended) legislation.

International services

When overseas clients are in hospital in the UK and wish to return home our housing occupational therapists can assist with repatriation. We work with several London hospitals to support clients returning home by arranging equipment deliveries or visiting overseas properties prior to discharge, to ensure the environment is suitable for the client’s return after their discharge in the UK.

Our OTs can travel to the homes of our overseas clients to assess, advise and arrange solutions for clients looking for the high quality and discreet therapy services we are able to offer.

Sharon

London - South, South East of England

With over 30 years’ experience, Sharon is an expert OT specialising in Housing & Equipment and Seating & Postural Management.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, South East of England, Kent, London - Central, London - South

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Postural management

Karen

Hertfordshire, East Anglia

Karen is an Occupational Therapist based in London, delivering specialist rehabilitation and Housing & Equipment assessments to clients at home.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, South of England, South East of England, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, London - Central, London - North, London - West

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Daily living skills, Self care, Postural management

Carlie

Lancashire, North West England

Carlie is an expert OT based in Lancashire, providing specialist interventions for adults with Functional Rehabilitation needs.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, Manchester, Salford

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

AMPS

Specialist skills

Motivational interviewing, Fatigue management, Routine planning, Financial management, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Visual perception, Planning & execution, Self care, Social integration, Anxiety management & relaxation

Jill

Greater Manchester, North West England

Based in Stockport, Jill is a highly experienced OT specialising in Housing & Equipment assessments and interventions.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments

Mary Kate

Belfast, Londonderry

Mary Kate is an OT in Northern Ireland, specialising in Seating & Postural Management and delivering expert wheelchair assessments.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Northern Ireland, Antrim, Armagh, Down, Londonderry, Tyrone, Belfast

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Fatigue management, Pain management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Visual perception, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Postural management, Wheelchair accreditation

Karen

Tyrone, Northern Ireland

Located in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, Karen is an experienced OT specialising in Functional Rehabilitation and Housing & Equipment.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Northern Ireland, Ireland, Londonderry, Tyrone

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Pain management, Daily living skills, Self care, Postural management

Erica

Berkshire, South East of England

Specialising in Neurological Rehabilitation, Erica is an expert OT with over 20 years’ experience.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South East of England, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Visual perception, Self care, Postural management, Splinting, Wheelchair accreditation

Nina

Berkshire, South East of England

With over 15 years' experience, Nina specialises in Housing & Equipment, Seating & Postural Management and Rehabilitation for adults.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South of England, South East of England, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

Train the trainer

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Pain management, Daily living skills, Community access, Visual perception, Balance, Self care, Postural management

Melanie

London - North, South East of England

Melanie is an OT based in London, utilising her 20 years of experience to deliver expert assessments and Functional Rehabilitation.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, Hertfordshire, London - Central, London - North, London - West

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling

Further qualifications

AMPS, Therapeutic listening, CBT

Specialist skills

Motivational interviewing, Fatigue management, Pain management, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Social integration, Postural management, Anxiety management & relaxation

Lisa

Derbyshire, East Midlands

Based in Derbyshire, Lisa works across the North of England supporting adults and children with Housing & Equipment needs.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, North East England, East Midlands, East Anglia, London, Ireland, Derbyshire

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Moving and Handling

Manpreet

Staffordshire, West Midlands

Located in Stafford, Manpreet is a Paediatric OT with expertise in Autism and Sensory Integration.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West Midlands, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands, Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Community access, Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Balance, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Social integration, School Based Therapy/Support, Learning disability

Annabel

Kent, South East of England

Annabel is an expert OT with over 20 years’ experience in Housing & Equipment and Moving & Handling.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South East of England, Kent

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, PIPs, Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Co-ordination, Self care

Charlotte

Southampton, Hampshire

Charlotte is an OT based in Southampton, delivering specialist rehabilitation and housing assessments across the South of England.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South of England, Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Southampton

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

Certificate in Education

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Fatigue management, Pain management, Motivational issues, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Balance, Planning & execution, Self care, Anxiety management & relaxation, Learning disability

Sharne

Hampshire, South of England

Sharne is an Occupational Therapist specialising in Functional Rehab as well as Housing & Equipment. Sharne visits clients across Hampshire.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South of England, South East of England, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, West Sussex, Brighton, Southampton

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Daily living skills, Self care

Jane

Wiltshire, South East of England

Jane is a Paediatric OT with over 20 years’ experience, specialising in Housing & Equipment and Rehabilitation.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, South of England, South East of England, Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Southampton

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

Train the trainer

Laura

Edinburgh, Edinburgh (City of)

Laura is an OT based in Edinburgh, delivering expert Housing & Equipment assessments across Scotland and the North of England.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, North East England, Scotland

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling

Further qualifications

Train the trainer

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Self care, Anxiety management & relaxation, Learning disability

Ellie

Gloucestershire, West and South West of England

Ellie is an expert OT based in Gloucestershire, delivering specialist Housing & Equipment assessments to clients at home.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, Wales, Avon, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, Cardiff, Monmouthshire, Newport, The Vale of Glamorgan

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Daily living skills, Postural management

Suzanna

Denbighshire, Wales

Suzanna is an expert Occupational Therapist based in Wales, specialising in Housing & Equipment, and Moving & Handling.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, Wales, Cheshire, Merseyside, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling

Further qualifications

Train the trainer

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Self care, Postural management, Wheelchair accreditation, Learning disability

Carole

Fife, Scotland

Based in Fife, Carole provides expert occupational therapy helping adults with Housing & Equipment and Rehabilitation needs.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Scotland, Dundee (City of), East Lothian, Edinburgh (City of), Fife, West Lothian

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

AMPS

Specialist skills

Counselling, PIPs, Fatigue management, Motivational issues, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Behaviour management, Self care, Social integration

Jennifer

Dorset, West and South West of England

Based in Winchester, Jennifer is specialist OT with vast experience in Functional Rehabilitation and Housing & Equipment.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South East of England, Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling

Further qualifications

Therapeutic listening

Specialist skills

Counselling, DFG Assessments, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Self care, Postural management

Miriam

Middlesex, London

Located in Edgeware, Miriam is an expert OT who supports adults of all ages with rehabilitation and housing needs.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

East Anglia, London, South East of England, Bedfordshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, London - Central, London - North, London - East, London - West

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Pain management, Daily living skills, Balance, Co-ordination, Self care, Postural management

Charlotte

Lincolnshire, East Midlands

Based in Lincolnshire, Charlotte is an expert Housing and Rehabilitation OT, working with clients across the East Midlands.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

East Midlands, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Daily living skills

Elisabeth

Cheshire, North West England

Specialising in Housing & Equipment, Elisabeth delivers expert assessments for clients across the North West of England.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, Liverpool, Manchester, Stoke-on-Trent, Salford

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Daily living skills, Self care

Sarah

Derbyshire, East Midlands

Based in Derbyshire, Sarah is a highly experienced Occupational Therapist who visits clients across the West Midlands.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West Midlands, East Midlands, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands, Birmingham, Sheffield, Coventry, Nottingham, Leicester, Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton, Derby

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Fatigue management, Pain management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Planning & execution, Self care, Postural management

Jessica

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Jessica is a highly skilled Occupational Therapist who works with adults across the East Midlands area.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

East Midlands, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, West Midlands, Birmingham, Coventry, Nottingham, Leicester, Stoke-on-Trent, Derby

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Routine planning, Financial management, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Visual perception, Balance, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Postural management, Wheelchair accreditation

Paul

Leicester, Leicestershire

Based in Leicester, Paul is a specialist OT delivering expert assessments and interventions across South Yorkshire and The Midlands.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, West Midlands, East Midlands, East Anglia, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire, Leicester

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, PIPs, Self care

Louise

Derby, Derbyshire

Based in Derby, Louise provides expert Occupational Therapy helping clients with Housing & Equipment and Neurological Rehabilitation.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, West Midlands, East Midlands, London, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Shropshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands, Channel Islands, Birmingham, Nottingham, Leicester, Stoke-on-Trent, Derby

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Fatigue management, Pain management, Motivational issues, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Social integration, Postural management, Anxiety management & relaxation

Stacey

Kent, South East of England

Based in Canterbury, Stacey is an expert OT providing assessments and interventions for adults with physical and neurological conditions.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South East of England, Kent

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Visual perception, Self care, Postural management

Helen

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Helen is an expert Hand Therapist, delivering specialist rehabilitation assessments and treatment across Nottinghamshire.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, West Midlands, East Midlands, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands, Nottingham

Specialisms

Hand Therapy, Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Pain management, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Self care, Splinting

Maria

London - South, London

Maria is an expert OT providing specialist interventions for clients across London, Kent, Surrey, and Essex.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, Essex, Kent, Surrey, London - South

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Daily living skills, Community access, Self care, Postural management

Cath

Somerset, West and South West of England

Based in Somerset, Cath is a highly skilled Paediatric OT working with children in their own homes and schools.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, Bristol, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Daily living skills, Postural management

Anne

Worcestershire, West Midlands

Located in Solihull, Anne is a highly experienced OT providing comprehensive assessments and rehabilitation for clients across the Midlands.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West Midlands, East Midlands, Herefordshire, Leicestershire, Shropshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire, Birmingham

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

Train the trainer

Specialist skills

Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Fatigue management, Daily living skills, Community access, Planning & execution, Self care

Angela

Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

Angela is an experienced Occupational Therapist specialising in Neurological Rehabilitation. She visits clients across North-West England and Scotland.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, Scotland, Cumbria, Dumfries and Galloway

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Planning & execution, Self care, Anxiety management & relaxation

Samantha

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Trained in advanced sensory integration and therapeutic listening techniques, Sam is an expert Paediatric OT, supporting children and their families.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North East England, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Humberside, Lancashire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford, Manchester, Wakefield, Salford

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration, Therapeutic listening

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Community access, Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Behaviour management, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Social integration

Wendy

North Yorkshire, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Wendy is an OT based in Ryedale, delivering specialist Housing & Equipment assessments to clients across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Leeds

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Daily living skills

Angela

Kent, South East of England

Based in Kent, Angela is a specialist OT in Housing and Equipment assessments and interventions.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South East of England, Kent

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Moving and Handling

Further qualifications

BIA

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments

Lorraine

Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland

Based in Northumberland, Lorraine is an expert Paediatric OT supporting children of all ages with physical and sensory needs.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Scotland, Cleveland, Durham, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Borders

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration, Chailey Postural Management

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Postural management, DMO (Lycra) Splinting, School Based Therapy/Support, Learning disability

Tanya

Hertfordshire, South East of England

Tanya is an OT in Housing & Equipment and Moving & Handling, visiting clients across Hertfordshire, London, and East Anglia.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

East Anglia, London, South of England, South East of England, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, East Sussex, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Northamptonshire, Suffolk

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

Motivational interviewing, DFG Assessments, Fatigue management, Pain management, Motivational issues, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Self care, Social integration, Postural management, Anxiety management & relaxation, Learning disability

Carien

Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

Based in Scotland, Carien provides expert Paediatric Occupational Therapy helping children with handwriting, sensory, and complex physical needs.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Scotland, Cumbria, Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, East Ayrshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh (City of), Fife, Glasgow (City of), Midlothian, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Perthshire and Kinross, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, West Lothian, Glasgow, Edinburgh

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration

Specialist skills

Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Fatigue management, Pain management, Motivational issues, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Behaviour management, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Balance, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Social integration

Louise

Wiltshire, West and South West of England

Based in Wiltshire, Louise is an expert occupational therapist working with clients in their own homes to maximise independence.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South East of England, Berkshire, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Swindon

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management

Further qualifications

Train the trainer

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Postural management

Meera

Middlesex, London

An expert in Moving & Handling, and Housing & Equipment, and Rehabilitation, Meera visits clients across North London and Hertfordshire.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

East Anglia, London, South East of England, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, London - Central, London - North, London - West

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Fatigue management, Daily living skills, Self care, Postural management

Katrina

Dorset, West and South West of England

Katrina is an experienced OT specialising in Housing & Equipment, Seating & Postural Management, and Moving & Handling for adults.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, South of England, South East of England, Dorset, Hampshire, Southampton

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments

Sam

Northamptonshire, East Midlands

Based in Northamptonshire, Sam is an OT with over 20 years of experience, specialising in rehabilitation and Housing & Equipment.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

, Bedfordshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Rutland, Warwickshire

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Daily living skills, Balance, Self care, Postural management

Jennie

South Yorkshire, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Jennie is a highly experienced OT based in Doncaster. She provides Functional and Neuro rehabilitation for adults across Yorkshire.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, South Yorkshire, Sheffield

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling

Further qualifications

Train the trainer

Specialist skills

Routine planning, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care

Lucy

Middlesex, South East of England

Lucy is an experienced OT providing specialist assessments and interventions to clients with a range of neurological diagnoses.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, South East of England, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Surrey, London - Central, London - North, London - West

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Balance, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Social integration, Postural management, Splinting, Wheelchair accreditation

Jennifer

Wrexham, Wales

Jennifer is an experienced OT based in Wrexham, providing clients across Wales and the North East with Functional Rehabilitation.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, Wales, Cheshire, Merseyside, Shropshire, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Daily living skills, Balance

Corinna

Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

Corinna provides expert Occupational Therapy, helping adults with Housing & Equipment and Seating & Postural Management.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Northern Ireland, Ireland, Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry, Tyrone

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Planning & execution, Self care, Social integration, Postural management, Anxiety management & relaxation

Cathy

Suffolk, East Anglia

Cathy is an experienced OT working in Suffolk, Norfolk, and Cambridgeshire with adult clients with physical needs.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

East Midlands, East Anglia, London, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Rutland, Suffolk, London - North

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Daily living skills, Community access, Self care, Postural management, Wheelchair accreditation

Jacqui

Flintshire, Wales

Based in Flintshire, Jacqui is an experienced OT specialising in Functional & Neurological Rehabilitation.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, Wales, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Shropshire, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Liverpool, Manchester

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Planning & execution, Self care, Postural management, Wheelchair accreditation, Learning disability

Samantha

East Riding of Yorkshire, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Specialising in Housing & Equipment, Samantha offers expert assessments and recommendations for clients across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

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Profession

Regions covered

Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation

Donna

Kent, South East of England

Working in Kent, Donna is a highly skilled OT specialising in Housing and Equipment interventions.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South East of England, Kent

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

Routine planning, Daily living skills, Self care

Bethan

Surrey, South East of England

An expert Occupational Therapist based in Surrey, Bethan specialises in Neurological Rehabilitation, Seating & Postural management, and Housing & Equipment.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, South East of England, East Sussex, Hampshire, Surrey, West Sussex, London - Central, Brighton

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

Therapeutic listening

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Fine motor skills, Visual perception, Planning & execution, Self care, Social integration, Postural management, School Based Therapy/Support, Anxiety management & relaxation, Learning disability

Amanda

Hampshire, South East of England

Based in Portsmouth, Amanda is a highly skilled OT specialising in Moving & Handling and Housing & Equipment.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, South of England, South East of England, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, West Sussex, Wiltshire, Isle of Man

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Moving and Handling

Further qualifications

BIA

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Daily living skills

Gill

Cumbria, North West England

Based in Keswick, Cumbria, Gill is an OT delivering functional rehabilitation and housing assessments across North West England and Scotland.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, Scotland, Cumbria, Borders, Dumfries and Galloway

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, PIPs, Fatigue management, Pain management, Routine planning, Financial management, Daily living skills, Community access, Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Balance, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Postural management, Wheelchair accreditation, Anxiety management & relaxation

Nikki

Middlesex, South East of England

Nikki is a highly skilled OT, specialising in Housing & Equipment. She is based in Middlesex, visiting clients across London.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, South East of England, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, London - Central, London - North, London - South, London - East, London - West

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Daily living skills, Visual perception, Self care

Tracy

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Specialising in Neurological Rehabilitation, Tracy is an expert OT working across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford, Wakefield, Hull

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

AMPS

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Motivational issues, Routine planning, Financial management, Daily living skills, Community access, Sensory integration, Behaviour management, Planning & execution, Self care, Social integration, Anxiety management & relaxation, Learning disability

Kirsten

West Lothian, Scotland

Kirsten is an OT based just outside of Edinburgh, Scotland. She specialises in Housing & Equipment and Moving & Handling.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Scotland, Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Borders, Clackmannan, Dundee (City of), East Ayrshire, East Lothian, Edinburgh (City of), Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow (City of), Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Perthshire and Kinross, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Fatigue management, Daily living skills, Community access, Self care

Kate

Warwickshire, West Midlands

Kate is an experienced OT based in Stratford-upon-Avon, specialising in Housing & Equipment and Moving & Handling with adult clients.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West Midlands, East Midlands, West and South West of England, South of England, South East of England, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Coventry

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Daily living skills, Self care, Postural management, Anxiety management & relaxation

Rebecca

Cambridgeshire, East Anglia

Located in Cambridge, Rebecca is an experienced OT supporting clients with home adaptations, specialist equipment provisions, and rehabilitation.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

East Midlands, East Anglia, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Fatigue management, Motivational issues, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Self care

Lorna

Shropshire, West Midlands

Lorna is a Paediatric OT located in Shropshire, supporting with sensory and motor needs for clients across the West Midlands.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West Midlands, Wales, Cheshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands, Powys, Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration, CO-OP Practitioner

Specialist skills

Motivational interviewing, Counselling, Fatigue management, Pain management, Motivational issues, Routine planning, Financial management, Daily living skills, Community access, Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Behaviour management, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Co-ordination, School Based Therapy/Support, Anxiety management & relaxation

Services for businesses, organisations and the public sector

Case managers

Comprehensive, goal orientated OT services for your clients in their own homes & community.

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Local authorities

Our team provide individual or bulk assessments for local authorities looking to reduce waiting lists or ease pressure.

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Charities

Working with charities to provide reports and recommendations for grant funding applications

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Construction

Individual or bulk housing assessments and recommendations for kitchen, bathroom or access projects.

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Housing associations

Providing reports and recommendations for individual residents or working on large regeneration projects.

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International clients

Occupational therapy services delivered overseas or in the UK for international clients.

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Commonly asked questions about our housing & equipment service

Questions about difficulties our housing & equipment OT's help with

What are the considerations when choosing a stair lift and how can an occupational therapist help?

Choosing a stair lift is a complex process with a number of factors to consider including the size and shape of your stairwell, the type of seat you require and the overall reason you are seeking this installation.

An independent occupational therapist can complete a full and specific assessment of your housing and equipment needs. Through this assessment and discussion we can gain a greater understanding of the challenges that are affecting your mobility. We have extensive experience in home adaptations and all our recommendations are based on your clinical needs and personal goals.

As we specialise in this field of occupational therapy, we have developed numerous professional relationships with a number of differing contractors and adaptation specialists. This enables them to implement our recommendations in a timely, professional and sensitive manner keeping you at the core and involved throughout the entire process.

Find out more about moving around the home and how our OT’s can help.

My mother/father is struggling to get in and out of the bath, what can I or an occupational therapist do to help?

There are numerous aids and solutions available that can assist people to transfer in and out of their bath. However, the purchase of an unsuitable aid increases the risk of falls and potential injuries.

An occupational therapist can visit your mother / farther’s home and explore their current health needs as well as their ability to transfer in and out of the bath. By engaging them within the assessment process and observing their challenges first hand, we can make appropriate recommendations based on their clinical need and level of difficulties. The recommendations.

These may include:

  • Bath aids such as electric bath lists, bath boards or bath seats
  • Adaptations to the bathroom including wet rooms or level access shower facilities.

Our occupational therapists are experts in this field and all recommendations made will be cost-effective, clinically relevant and aim to maintain your mother / father’s independence as much as possible.

Find out more about personal care and dressing and how our OT’s can help.

How can I adapt my parents house to help them remain at home and how can an occupational therapist help?

Our occupational therapists, using their specialist knowledge and skills would determine the health, social and environmental challenges that your parents are experiencing. The collection of this individualised knowledge and understanding will enable us to develop, together with you and your parents, a specific plan of treatment with the aim of helping them remain at home for as long as possible.

Our occupational therapists are experts in this field and all recommendations made will be cost-effective, clinically relevant and aim to maintain their independence as much as possible. We have developed numerous professional relationships with a number of differing contractors and adaptation specialists. This enables them to implement our recommendations in a timely, professional and sensitive manner, keeping your parents central to, and involved throughout the entire process.

How do I go about finding a property that I can adapt for my needs?

When seeking an alternative property that will meet your needs there is a number of factors you need to consider. These include your current and longer term health and social needs, your personal goals and the environment you would be happy to reside within.

An occupational therapist would complete a full and holistic assessment of your current health, social and environmental needs. We are experts in this field and by having clinically relevant recommendations suited to your exact needs, you would be able to seek properties that are adaptable to you.

My parents bathroom needs modifying, what do I need to consider?

An occupational therapist can visit their home and explore their current health needs as well as their ability to function within the bathroom. By engaging them within the assessment process and observing their challenges we can make cost-effective, clinically relevant recommendations based on their needs and how the use their home.

Should a full modification be recommended our occupational therapists are experts in this field and we have developed numerous professional relationships with a number of differing contractors and adaptation specialists. This enables them to implement our recommendations in a timely, professional and sensitive manner, keeping them central to and involved throughout the entire process.

How to choose a company to alter my parents bathroom?

When selecting a company to complete any modifications within your parents home you should make consider consideration to the company that you choose. As you would be modifying the bathroom in response to a change in circumstances as opposed to a lifestyle choice, it would be recommended that you select a company who has experience with disabled or older persons adaptations.

Our occupational therapists are experts in this field and we have developed numerous professional relationships with a number of bathroom contractors and adaptation specialists. This allows them to implement our recommendations in a timely, professional and sensitive manner, keeping your parents central to, and involved throughout the entire process.

Find out more about personal care and dressing and how our OT’s can help.

My mother / father’s memory is deteriorating but I want them to be able to remain in their own home, what can I do to help?

There are a number of techniques that you can use to help your mother/ father maximise their independence in the event of the onset of memory loss. These include:

  • Supporting them to remain both physically and mentally active.
  • Developing a structured and organised routine.
  • Promoting sleep and social inclusion.

An occupational therapist can assist you to provide practical support to maximise the opportunity for your mother / father to continue to do the things they need and want.

Following an initial discussion which would explore their current health, environmental and social needs.

We can:

  • Suggest ways to carry out daily living activities,
  • Help to select and use available and suitable assistive technologies
  • Make recommendations for adaptations to the home environment.
  • Assist with participation in a wide range of activities to help with physical, psychological, social and spiritual wellbeing.
  • Provide expert advice to you, your family and/or carers.

Find out more about forgetfulness and memory problems and how our OT’s can help.

My mother / father is falling regularly at home, what can I do to help?

There is a number of techniques and strategies that you can implement to help reduce the risk of falls at home. These include:

  • The installation of hand rails within the shower/bath.
  • Provision of suitable equipment including raised toilet seats and perching stools.
  • The removal of all loose carpeting and flooring including rugs and the avoidance of clutter.
  • Promote the wearing of suitable clothing including footwear.
  • Install adequate lighting.
  • Implement the use of assistive technologies.

To assist you an occupational therapist can visit your mother / father’s home and assess their current needs whilst exploring the root cause of the frequent falls.

By engaging them within the assessment process and observing how they currently move around their home, we can tailor make cost effective, clinically relevant recommendations with the aim of reducing the frequency of falls.

Find out more about mobility and-falls and how our OT’s can help.

I have a disabled child, how should I adapt my property?

Through assessment and collaboration with you, our occupational therapists, using their specialist knowledge, would identify areas of your home that require environmental consideration prior to adaptation.

This information would be consolidated for you into a detailed home adaptation report that would provide specific advice about the areas they had identified. Our aim would be to help you make your home meet your families current and future needs.

Questions about conditions that impact on housing needs

What are the housing considerations after a brain injury and how can an occupational therapist help?

Following a brain injury it is important that the home is an accessible ad usable space. However the details of the modifications will depend on the specific challenges and needs of its residents.

For example, If the client is using a wheelchair, then access in and out and doorways wide enough to allow the wheelchair to pass through are vital. Further to this, kitchen countertop space, cabinets and equipment should all be at wheelchair height as well as bathrooms and w/c’s accessible.

If the client is able to walk however there maybe cognitive, perceptual or behavioural challenges requiring the physical environment to be easily understandable with easy to interpret sensory cues. Any confusing or provocative designs should be avoided and all areas and pathways should remain clear.

Our occupational therapists, using their specialist knowledge and skills would gain a greater, more individualised understanding of the client’s home environment allowing them to develop a specific list of recommendations to ensure the client’s home environment meets their current and long term needs.

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What are the considerations for adapting a home following a spinal injury?

When adapting a home a number of considerations must be made including the severity of the spinal injury and its resultant restrictions on function. If the injury is causing some temporary challenges then the implementation of some minor solutions may assist, these include grab rails and lever taps for example. If the injury is more severe you may wish to make permanent access, bathroom and kitchen modifications with special emphasis on safely (including fire risks and fire management plans).

Our occupational therapists, using their specialist knowledge and skills would gain a greater, more individualised understanding of the client’s home environment allowing them to develop a specific list of recommendations to ensure the client’s home environment meets their current and long term needs.

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I have a diagnosis of a deteriorating neurological condition, how can I adapt my house to ensure I can remain at home?

An occupational therapist will use their specialist knowledge of condition progression and the likely challenges that you may experience in the future, combined with their assessment of your current needs and how you live and move around your home. This individualised knowledge and understanding will enable us to develop a specific list of practical recommendations to alter your home environment to meet your current and likely future needs.

Initially you may require minor adaptations including the installation of hand rails, lever taps, raised toilet seats. As your needs change more permanent alternations may help for example, stair lifts, level access bathrooms or ramped access. How and when these changes are made is dictated by you, your OT is there to help you remain as independent as possible in your home at the pace that you require.

Find out more about neurological conditions and how our OT’s can help.

What can be done to keep someone with dementia/Alzheimer’s safe at home?

Many people with dementia want to and can live safely at home for as long as possible. An occupational therapist can help find the balance between independence and the required level of support.

Our OT will work with the client and any involved family to advise on practical ways to minimise risk and maximise independence. Examples of how an OT can help someone with dementia include:

  • Advice on minimising the risk of falls, technology to alert an external carer when a fall has occurred and advice on what can be done should a fall occur.
  • Incorporating exercise into a daily routine.
  • Advise on re-organising the home to ensure required objects remain in easy reach.
  • To improve safety an occupational therapist may recommend alterations to lighting within the home.
  • Advice on the relocation and storage of dangerous substances to a more secure location.
  • We may also make recommendations to more significant alterations to the property such as stair lifts or level access showers.
  • Suggestion of smaller daily living aids to assist around the home.
  • Support sourcing and setting up memory aids such as talking clocks, talking photo albums, timed medicine dispensers.
  • The use of assistive technologies to reduce the risk of fires, flooding, wondering, malnutrition. An occupational therapist may also recommend the implementation of supported outdoor activities to improve mental and physical health and well-being.

All of the recommendations made by an occupational therapist will be in response to the specific risks and needs identified for each specific client.

Find out more about dementia and altzheimer's and how our OT’s can help.

Where can I get the equipment I need following my hip or knee replacement?

There are a number of suppliers and companies offering daily living aids and equipment following a reduction in your mobility. Choosing can be overwhelming and slightly confusing. The provision of inappropriate or unsuitable items could increase the risk of falls and injuries.

An occupational therapist can visit your home and complete a specific assessment of your health and environmental needs and the impact of your operations on your mobility. The occupational therapist can explore what you can do or are unable to do independently, to which extent you can support your own weight, participate with transfers and what support you currently have.

This information will enable us to explore the requirement of specific equipment or daily living aids and to make cost-effective and clinically relevant recommendations to support you following your surgery.

Find out more about hip or knee replacements and how our OT’s can help.

My child has cerebral palsy and needs the house to be adapted, how can an occupational therapist help?

Our occupational therapists would use their specialist knowledge and skills to complete a full housing assessment with your and your child. This would allow them to create a full list of practical recommendations on any alterations to your home that would be of benefit. Your OT would look at all elements of how your family live in your home and your child’s clinical needs.

Examples of some of the areas we would look at include:

  • The bathroom for washing, toileting and dressing.
  • The kitchen to ensure that the environment facilitates family inclusion.
  • Access in and out of the home including the garden and to and from the car.
  • Ensuring there is space for the storage of any current or likely future equipment.
  • Addressing any sensory needs through environmental changes i.e. sensory rooms and equipment.
  • Looking at moving & handling including portable and fixed hoists.
  • Ensuring general home accessibility including door way widths.
  • Advising on carer needs such as moving and handling, accommodation for over night care if required.
  • Advice on fire plans and safety.
  • The location of your child’s bedroom and bathroom in the property to ensure family inclusion but also being mindful of emergency evacuations and the movement of a growing child between floors.

Find out more about cerebral palsy and how our OT’s can help.