What is involved in an assessment for adaptations or equipment?
You will be visited by an occupational therapist or care manager who will assess your needs and agree a plan of action with you. The occupational therapist may recommend minor or major adaptations to your home. Depending on who owns your home (you, the council, Housing Association, or a private landlord), the recommendations will be sent to the organisation or agent who can make the changes.
If major adaptations are needed in a privately-owned or privately rented home, you can apply for financial assistance. (Ask for the leaflet)
If you have problems walking, your GP may refer you for a mobility assessment, usually at a local outpatient clinic.
After the assessment, you may be lent some equipment to help you live independently or to be cared for in your own home. Social Services and the Local Health Board have a joint service and store. There is no charge for borrowing equipment.
Examples of equipment loaned include:
- toilet frames/commodes
- chair and bed raisers
- grab rails
- tap turners
- bath boards and seats
- hoists and slings
- kettle tippers
- transfer boards
Wheelchairs for long-term loan are supplied by the NHS through an Artificial Limb and Appliance Centre (ALAC). Your GP or occupational therapist can refer you.
Attendant-pushed wheelchairs and commodes are available for short term loan, (for example, for going on holiday), through the British Red Cross