What we look at
Your current mobility, any current mobility aids and ability to safely use any mobility equipment. A medical prognosis which may affect your future mobility will be taken into account
Your posture and pressure needs to ensure the mobility aid matches your requirements
Your goals and daily routine
The environment indoors; ensuring the property is wheelchair accessible, there is somewhere to store the mobility aid, doorways are wide enough and the turning circles are sufficient
The environment outdoors, looking at what types of terraine you will be using the chair on
Access into and out of the property
Your transfers, to ensure you can get in and out of the chair safely
- The health of family and carers who may be assisting with the use of any mobility equipment
What could we recommend and do to help
- Provide advice and guidance on choosing a manual wheelchair, powered wheelchair, scooter or power pack
- Assist with the provision of mobility aids by providing an assessment and trial of mobility equipment, dependent on your assessed requirements
- Assess and provide appropriate postural accessories and pressure relieving cushion
- Assess the safety and appropriateness of someone driving a scooter or powered wheelchair
- Handover a purchased chair and make any required adjustments to ensure pressure, posture and comfort goals are met
- Provide advice and support in sourcing funding for mobility equipment
- Provide written report’s outlining the clinical reasoning for mobility equipment recommended by a therapist
- Provision and recommendation of ramps for easy access in and out of the property
- Provide advice and recommendations for how to manage a wheelchair within a car or wheelchair accessible vehicle
Provide training for how to use your mobility equipment as well as offer training to carers
- If you have a deteriorating medical condition
- If you have had an acute event or illness which has resulted in difficulties completing day to day tasks
- If you feel you have lost some or all of your independence
- If you feel you require equipment based solutions at home
- If you feel you are becoming more socially isolated due to lack of confidence or physical function
- If you are struggling to manage a loved ones needs
- If you have equipment at home, however it is no longer meeting your needs
- If you are unsure if you can remain at home safely
- If you are being discharged from hospital and are concerned how you will manage
- If a lack of confidence or anxiety in completing day to day tasks is limiting your feeling of wellbeing
An occupational therapist is a trained professional who works towards enhancing people’s lives by optimising independence and participation in daily activities.
Occupation is a fancy word for all the things we want to do, have to do and need to do in our daily lives, such as getting up, washed and dressed in the morning, making a hot drink, getting around in our home, going out shopping, meeting friends for coffee etc.
Occupational Therapy is a holistic therapy that embodies the whole person and what matters most to them. There are always ways to participate in a meaningful life and an Occupational Therapist can help you do exactly that. One of these ways is by helping you to modify a task or alter the environment to ensure participation in loved activities is still possible.
Who we help at Spring Chicken
Anyone who is unable to do the things they want to do and doesn’t know how or what needs to change to make it possible again.
This may include:
- someone with a deteriorating condition
- someone with an acute illness
- the elderly
- someone with a cognitive impairment
What can we help with?
- Prevention and management of falls
- Signposting to relevant services and groups
- Advice around home sensor systems
- Advice around transfer aids and equipment
- Provision of daily living aids
- Advise regarding minor and major adaptations
- Stair assisting equipment
- Prescriptive wheelchair provision
- Healthcare chair provision
- Pressure care management
What is an occupational therapy assessment?
What does it cover?
An occupational therapy assessment will generally be carried out at your home address. It will involve a discussion with an occupational therapist regarding your current concerns, issues and a general review of your day to day routine.
What to expect?
Occupational Therapists are skilled at ‘activity analysis’ which means they can look in detail at particular activities which are becoming or have become difficult to do, therefore during the assessment the therapist may ask to observe the completion of day to day tasks. Following this they can advise on how to carry out certain tasks or alternate ways of completing tasks as well as recommending assistive equipment or adaptation solutions.
How to prepare?
Primarily we just need to see you in your home environment. We always recommend having a relative or friend present who can help answer questions and take in any information discussed during the visit.
Writing down any questions prior to the visit and thinking through your daily routine and what you find difficult can be helpful.
What happens after the assessment?
The Occupational Therapist will produce a report with recommendations which will take into account many different aspects such as the individual person (their physical, cognitive and psychological) their environment and the occupation.
An occupational therapy assessment will cost £199. This includes the full assessment and report of recommendations.
Booking an Occupational Therapy Assessment
How to get a home occupational therapy assessment?
- Please feel free to call Spring Chicken
- There will be a short discussion of yours or a loved one’s needs to determine how best we may support you
- It is likely a home visit will be organised to come and discuss your concerns face to face, review the home environment and complete a full assessment of your needs.
- Following the report, your allocated occupational therapist will then we on hand to guide you through the recommendations suggested.
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Talk to our expert team
Our team of Occupational Therapists and Disabled Living Foundation Trusted Advisors are always on hand to give the best advice
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