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Information on Assistive Devices is detailed
below. Please note that every individual's situation is unique.
For advice tailored to your specific needs it is suggested
you speak to an Independent Care Adviser and an Occupational
Assistive Devices is the term used to cover
a multitude of aids for individuals to use in and around home
and for improved mobility outside. Assistive devices can be
provided, sometimes free of charge, following an Occupational
Therapy Assessment or purchased independently.
Types of Assistive Device
Assistive Devices can include small items,
such as grab rails, special cutlery, walking sticks, walking
frames and adapted shoe horns, through to larger items, such
as riser/recliner chairs, bath seats, stair lifts, hoists,
adjustable beds, ramps, motorised scooters and wheelchairs.
Certain "medical items", such as,
hospital beds or commodes are usually arranged via the Community
Health and Social Care Professionals can source Assistive
Devices from a central store on behalf of their clients, subject
to an assessment of need.
In the majority of cases, an Occupational Therapy
Assessment will be required to help identify the tasks an
individual will need assistance with. This is most commonly
arranged either in hospital, as part of the discharge procedure,
or in the community by the local Social Services Department.
This assessment will help to determine which
equipment and adaptations are required to promote the individual¡¦s
independence and ensure both their own and their carer¡¦s
safety. It will also recommend the source of equipment and/or
adaptations required. Installation of equipment and training
in its use should be overseen by the Occupational Therapist.
Occupational Therapy Assessments can also be arranged privately.
To find an Occupational Therapist in your area, the Directory
of Occupational Therapists in Independent Practice is a useful
source of information: www.cotss-ip.org.uk/
Paying for Assistive Devices
Some smaller items of equipment and certain
medical items are generally provided free of charge.
Adaptations to the home and some larger pieces
of equipment may be paid for with a Disabled Facilities Grant.
This grant is means-tested. If an individual does not qualify
for a Disabled Facilities Grant, he or she will generally
have to pay for adaptations or purchase the equipment privately.
There are a number of mainly common-sense issues
to address when purchasing an Assistive Device:
If you require further assistance or would
like to speak to the Independent Care Adviser this site recommends
please call 0800 137 669 or complete the e-mail
- Use a quality manufacturer and distributor.
- Ensure the product is demonstrated prior
- Ensure delivery and installation are included
in the price.
- Consider the second-hand market.
- Check guarantees.
- Check after-sales service.
- Consider availability of Government assistance.