Jo was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis which was impacting on her mobility around the home. A comprehensive OT assessment was completed which highlighted the key difficulties and what was important to Jo and her family. She was unable to safely negotiate the stairs to access her bedroom, the children’s bedrooms, and the bathroom. She was using a powered wheelchair more due to her increasing difficulties mobilising. She was also experiencing difficulties accessing her property. She was unable to prepare family meals whilst sitting in her wheelchair. A wheelchair accessible through floor lift, wheelchair accessible kitchen and ramped access were recommended following the assessment. Information and ongoing support were provided to obtain suitable plans and quotations from reputable companies for the required adaptations to meet her long-term needs. Jo is now able to access all areas of her home, check on her children at night-time, prepare meals for the whole family and go out socially with friends and her family.
David requested occupational therapy assessment due to experiencing difficulties accessing the bath, due to his severe joint stiffness and reduced standing balance as a result of long-standing rheumatoid arthritis. He was informed of the social care OT waiting list being several months due to service demands. He decided to refer himself to ACG Occupational Therapy service for an independent assessment and privately fund any suitable adaptations and equipment. A comprehensive OT assessment was completed which highlighted the key difficulties associated with his bathing needs but also highlighted additional areas of need including dressing and personal care toileting needs. Bathroom sketches and written specifications for a level access shower were produced for meeting his recommended mobility and transfer needs. David felt confident to obtain the quotation for the required works, as he had a clear plan of works required to meet his needs. Information and support were provided relating to specialist toileting equipment which assists with increasing independence, maintaining privacy and dignity. David chose to have a wash dry toilet seat installed onto his existing toilet following the OT advice received. Information and advice were provided to David for new ways to increase his independence with dressing using new techniques and use of small dressing aids.
Sarah sustained a spinal injury following a road traffic collision. She had been able to transfer using a slide board for a few years, however she had experienced a change of her transfer needs and was no longer able to transfer using the board. A comprehensive OT assessment was completed to review the most appropriate manual handling solution to maintain her safety. A ceiling track hoist was recommended. A review of a sling was completed following installation of the hoist. Risk assessment documentation was produced for the care provider to follow. Demonstration of the sling in use was completed with the carers.
John was experiencing difficulties negotiating the stairs due to severe breathlessness. He had approached a charity fund who were willing to fund a stair lift if it was confirmed as appropriate for his long-term needs. A holistic assessment was undertaken, and a stair lift specification was provided to meet John’s needs. The assessment of John’s needs also highlighted difficulties negotiating the rear garden step and getting on and off the settee. John was also received additional support from the charity for a permanent half step and a rise recliner armchair following the OT recommendation and provision of detailed specifications.