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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.

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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 peices 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, Kent

Sharon covers South London, Kent, Croydon & Bromley and has a special interest in housing adaptions, seating & postural management.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

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

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Postural managemen

Kelly

Kent, South East of England

Kelly is a Kent based Occupational Therapist working with adult and elderly clients in their own homes across the south-east.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, South East of England, Kent

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation

Further qualifications

BOBATH

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Self care

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 managemen, Wheelchair accreditation

Emily

Birmingham, Worcestershire

Working across the West Midlands, Emily provides expert Occupational Therapy treatment to her clients at home and work.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West Midlands, East Midlands, Leicestershire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

Motivational interviewing, Counselling, Fatigue management, Pain management, Routine planning, Financial management, Daily living skills, Balance, Planning & execution, Social integration, Postural managemen, Anxiety management & relaxation

Kirsty

Glasgow, Glasgow (City of)

An expert occupational therapist, Kirsty works with children with a range of conditions in West Scotland in their own environments.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Scotland, Glasgow (City of), Glasgow

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

Counselling

Katrina

Hampshire, West and South West of England

Qualifying in 2007, Katrina specialises 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

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

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments

Morag

Edinburgh, West Lothian

An expert occupational therapist based in Edinburgh, Morag specialises in rehabilitation, moving & handling and housing & equipment.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Scotland, Borders, Clackmannan, East Lothian, Edinburgh (City of), Falkirk, Fife, Midlothian, Perthshire and Kinross, West Lothian, Edinburgh

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Pain management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Visual perception, Balance, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Postural managemen, Anxiety management & relaxation

Jane

Kent, South East of England

Jane is based in Kent and is a highly skilled OT, working with clients in their own homes.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

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

Specialisms

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

Further qualifications

Train the trainer

Specialist skills

Routine planning, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Self care

Rachael

London - North, Suffolk

Trained in advanced Bobath techniques, Rachael helps clients by delivering specialist housing and rehabilitation assessments to clients at home.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

East Anglia, London, South of England, South East of England, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, London - North

Specialisms

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

Further qualifications

BOBATH, BIA

Specialist skills

Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Fatigue management, Routine planning, Financial management, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care

Gemma

Birmingham, Worcestershire

Working in the area of rehabilitation and adaptations, Gemma provides expert Occupational Therapy to clients in the West Midlands.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, West Midlands, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Shropshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire, Birmingham, Manchester

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Motivational issues, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Self care, Social integration

Kate Louise

Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

Working in the North of England, Kate provides expert assessments and treatment plans to clients to help them gain independence.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, North East England, Cleveland, Cumbria, Durham, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Postural managemen

Lena

Belfast, Tyrone

Lena is an expert Occupational Therapist in the areas of Neurology and brain injuries, working with clients across Northern Ireland.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

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

Specialisms

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

Further qualifications

BOBATH

Specialist skills

Motivational interviewing, DFG Assessments, Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Planning & execution, Self care, Social integration, Postural managemen, Anxiety management & relaxation

Anthony

Glasgow, Glasgow (City of)

Qualifying in 2004, Anthony specialises in housing & equipment and rehabilaition for adult clients.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Scotland, Glasgow (City of), Glasgow

Specialisms

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

Further qualifications

AMPS

Specialist skills

Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Fatigue management, Motivational issues, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Self care, Social integration

Lucy

London - North, Surrey

Lucy is experienced at providing specialist occupational therapy assessment and intervention 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 managemen, Splinting, Wheelchair accreditation

Alex

London - Central, Middlesex

Based in London, Alex provides expert occupational therapy helping adults with brain injury, neurological disorders and physical disabilities.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, Middlesex, London - Central, London - North, London - South, London - East, London - West

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Pain management, Routine planning, Financial management, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Behaviour management, Visual perception, Planning & execution, Self care

Lesley

Birmingham, Worcestershire

Working in the West Midlands, Lesley provides expert rehabilitation and postural management treatment to adult clients in their own homes.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West Midlands, South of England, Surrey, West Midlands, Worcestershire, Birmingham

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Pain management, Daily living skills, Self care, Postural managemen, Anxiety management & relaxation

Kate

Worcestershire, West Midlands

Qualifying in 1989, Kate specialises 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 managemen, Anxiety management & relaxation

Clare

Bristol, Avon

Working in the Bristol area, Clare provides expert occupational therapy to clients with a variety of needs and conditions.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, Avon, Bristol, Bristol

Specialisms

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

Ana Maria

London - Central, Middlesex

Working in London, Ana Maria provides expert Occupational Therapy to adults and children in relation to housing and equipment needs.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, Middlesex, London - Central, London - South

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Community access

Val

Cornwall, West and South West of England

Val is an accredited Best Interests Assessor, delivering specialist assessments to clients at home.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, West Midlands, East Midlands, West and South West of England, Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Isles of Scilly, Bristol, Plymouth, Salford

Specialisms

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

Further qualifications

AMPS, BIA, Therapeutic listening

Specialist skills

Counselling, DFG Assessments, Fatigue management, Motivational issues, Daily living skills, Community access

Nikki

Middlesex, South East of England

Qualifying in 1992, Nikki specialises in seating & postural management, housing & equipment and moving & handling for adults.

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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

Aldin

Birmingham, West Midlands

Qualifying in 2008, Aldin specialises in housing & equipment, rehabilitation and seating & postural management for adult clients.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West Midlands, East Midlands, West and South West of England, London, Herefordshire, Shropshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire, Birmingham

Specialisms

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

Further qualifications

Train the trainer

Specialist skills

Motivational interviewing, DFG Assessments, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, PIPs, Community access, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Self care

Hester

London - North, Hertfordshire

Hester is an experienced and highly skilled Occupational Therapist located in Hertfordshire.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

East Anglia, Essex, Hertfordshire, London - North

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Daily living skills, Community access

Elizabeth

London - Central, London

Elizabeth is a passionate and dedicated occupational therapist who has specialised in supporting paediatric clients in London.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Daily living skills, Community access, Self care, Postural managemen

Corinna

Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

Corinna provides expert occupational therapy helping adults with housing & equipment and seating & postural needs.

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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 managemen, Anxiety management & relaxation

Louisa

Bristol, Newport

Specialising in rehabilitation, Louisa provides expert occupational therapy to clients across south west England and the south of Wales.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, Wales, Avon, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Cardiff, Newport, Bristol, Cardiff

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Visual perception, Planning & execution, Self care, Social integration, Postural managemen

Amanda

Hampshire, South East of England

Having qualified in 2010, Amanda specialises in rehabilitation, moving & handling and housing & equipment 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, 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

Ebby

Glasgow, West Lothian

Having worked internationally, Ebby provides expert occupational therapy helping adults with functional and neurological rehabilitation at home.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Scotland, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Argyll and Bute, Borders, Clackmannan, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh (City of), Falkirk, Glasgow (City of), Inverclyde, Midlothian, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Glasgow, Edinburgh

Specialisms

Hand Therapy, Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Community access, Planning & execution, Self care, Social integration

Emily

Bristol, Newport

Qualifying in 2009, Emily is a dedicated Occupational Therapist (OT) with a strong commitment to providing quality care.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, Wales, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, Cardiff, Newport

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Self care, Postural managemen

Louise

Derbyshire, East Midlands

Based in Derby, Louise provides expert occupational therapy helping clients with housing & equipment, neurological and rehabilitation needs.

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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

Fatigue management, Pain management, Motivational issues, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Social integration, Postural managemen, Anxiety management & relaxation

Kathryn

Newcastle upon Tyne, North East England

Working in the north east, Kathryn is an expert occupational therapist working with clients at home with rehabilitation needs.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, North East England

Specialisms

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

Pip

Nottinghamshire, East Midlands

Pip provides expert care to adults in the East Midlands, helping them to live as independently and fully as possible.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

East Midlands, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Nottingham

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

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

Angela

Kent, South East of England

Based in Kent, Angela works with clients in their own homes, assessing their housing and equipment needs.

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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

Jessica

Nottingham, West Midlands

Jessica is a highly skilled Occupational Therapist who works with adults. Jessica covers 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 managemen, Wheelchair accreditation

Anna

Belfast, Tyrone

Based in Northern Ireland, Anna specialises in neurological rehabilitation, housing & equipment and seating & postural management for adults.

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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, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

BOBATH

Sarah

West Yorkshire, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Qualifying in 2007, Sarah specialises in seating & postural management, housing & equipment and rehabilitation for adult clients.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

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

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Pain management, Daily living skills, Self care, Social integration

Helen

Nottingham, West Midlands

Trained in advanced hand therapy techniques, Helen delivers specialist rehabilitation assessments and treatment to clients at home.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, West Midlands, East Midlands, East Anglia, 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

Clare

London - South, Middlesex

Having worked internationally in South Africa and the UK, Clare specialises in housing & equipment, moving & handling and rehabilitation.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, Middlesex, London - Central, London - South, London - West

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Daily living skills, Self care

Su

Kent, South East of England

Su is a highly skilled occupational therapist working with children with a wide range of special needs and disabilities.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South East of England, Kent

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Daily living skills, Community access, Self care, Postural managemen, Learning disability

Rachael

Southampton, Hampshire

Working with adults and children, Rachael is an expert occupational therapist based in Hampshire who supports clients in their homes.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South of England, Hampshire, Southampton

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Moving and Handling

Liz

Bristol, Gloucestershire

Based in Gloucestershire, Liz provides expert occupational therapy to adult clients with a range of needs in their own home.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, Avon, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Bristol

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Daily living skills, Self care

Samantha

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Trained in advanced sensory integration and therapeutic listening techniques, Sam helps families by treating children at home, school and nursery.

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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

Jo

Wrexham, North West England

Based in Cheshire Jo works with adults with a range of difficulties to enhance their well-being and quality of life.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Staffordshire, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

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

Chris

Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

Chris is an expert occupational therapist, having gained a PhD for a study investigating individuals with liver disease.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North East England, Durham, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Sunderland, Newcastle upon Tyne

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Daily living skills, Self care, Social integration, Anxiety management & relaxation

Laura

Birmingham, West Midlands

Working across the midlands, Laura is an expert neurological occupational therapist treating clients in their own homes.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West Midlands, East Midlands, Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

Routine planning, Financial management, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Behaviour management, Visual perception, Balance, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Splinting

Gillian

Southampton, Wiltshire

Gill is an expert Occupational Therapist working across the south of England and London, visiting clients in their own homes.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South of England, Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Middlesex, Oxfordshire, Surrey, West Sussex, Wiltshire, Southampton

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 managemen

Tracy

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Specialising in rehabilitation, Tracy is an expert Occupational Therapist working across Yorkshire with clients in their own homes and workplaces.

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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

Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, 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

Jura

London - East, London

An expert occupational therapist based in London, Jura specialises in seating & postural management, moving & handling and rehabilitation.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London , London - Central, London - North, London - South, London - East, London - West

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Community access, Self care, Postural managemen, Wheelchair accreditation

Carien

Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

Based in Scotland, Carien provides expert paediatric 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

Fiona

Birmingham, West Midlands

Based in Staffordshire, Fiona provides occupational therapy to adults and children, specialising in moving & handling and housing & equipment.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West Midlands, West Midlands, Birmingham

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

Motivational interviewing, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Behaviour management, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Balance, Anxiety management & relaxation, Learning disability

Becky

London - South, Berkshire

Becky is an expert paediatric Occupational Therapist working with children and their families in their owns homes and schools.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South of England, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Southampton

Specialisms

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

Further qualifications

Train the trainer, Chailey Postural Management

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Postural managemen, Makaton

Laura

Manchester, North West England

Laura provides expert occupational therapy to clients in their own homes in Manchester and the surrounding areas.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

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

Meera

Hertfordshire, London

An expert in rehabilitation, moving & handling and housing & equipment, Meera visits clients in their home environment.

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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, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

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

Cath

Wiltshire, West and South West of England

Cath is a highly skilled paediatric occupational therapist, working with children and their families 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

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

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Daily living skills, Postural managemen

Eve

Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Eve is a highly experienced Occupational Therapist working with children in the Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire areas.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, South Yorkshire, Sheffield

Specialisms

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

Pippa

Surrey, South of England

Working in Berkshire and the surrounding areas, Pippa provides expert care to clients in the own homes and workplaces.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South of England, Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey

Specialisms

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

Further qualifications

BOBATH, Train the trainer

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Daily living skills, Self care

Anne

Worcestershire, West Midlands

Qualifying in 1989, Anne specialises in function, vocational and neurological rehabilitation and housing & equipment with adult clients.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West Midlands, East Midlands, West and South West of England, 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

Emma

Brighton, West Sussex

Emma is an expert occupational therapist working with clients with a range of needs in Hampshire, Surrey & Sussex.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South East of England, West Sussex, Brighton

Specialisms

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

Further qualifications

Certificate in Education

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Daily living skills, Community access, Self care, Postural managemen

Caroline

Kent, South East of England

Caroline is an expert occupational therapist, specialising in neurological, functional and vocational rehabilitation, as well as housing & equipment.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South East of England, East Sussex, Kent

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Functional rehabilitation

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Self care

Denise

Liverpool, Wrexham

Qualifying in 1992, Denise specialises in rehabilitation, moving & handling and seating & postural management for adults.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, Wales, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, Wrexham

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

Jenny

Carmarthenshire, Wales

Based in Wales, Jenny provides expert occupational therapy to adults and children. She specialises in housing & equipment and seating.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Wales, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire, Swansea, Swansea

Specialisms

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

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration, BOBATH, Train the trainer, Chailey Postural Management

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Co-ordination, Self care, Postural managemen, School Based Therapy/Support, Wheelchair accreditation

Annabel

Rutland, East Midlands

Qualifying in 1998, Annabel specialises in housing & equipment and moving & handling for children and adults.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

East Midlands, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Coventry, Nottingham, Leicester

Specialisms

Paediatrics, 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

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.