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Your Aids, Equipment and Adaptations

Telecare bed sensors

What is available?

If you have problems bathing, washing or moving around your home, there is a range of specially designed equipment to help make looking after yourself simpler and help you to stay living independently in your own home.

This could be a bath board and grab handles around the bath area to help you get in and of the bath safely. Or you may need a raised toilet seat to help you get on and off the toilet safely.

Who can we help?

Items of community equipment are available for people who live in Trafford and who need practical help due to physical or learning disabilities, frailty or illness. These can sometimes be all that is needed to help you to maintain your independence and quality of life.

Equipment and Adaptations Advice Line

If you believe you need an assessment for equipment or home adaptations your first step is to contact the Equipment and Adaptations Advice Line based at the One Stop Resource Centre. The telephone is staffed by a member of the occupational therapy assessment team. They will take your details and advise you of possible options which may include arranging an appointment for a home visit/assessment. Appointments are allocated on a priority basis and it may be some time before an occupational therapist can visit you. Please ask when calling how long the current waiting time is.

 

Major adaptations

What is available?

If you are having problems getting up and down stairs and generally moving around your home we may be able to help you.

We can assess you to find out what support you need. It may be that you need equipment such as a stairlift or a through floor lift. It may be that an adaptation to your home, such as a level access shower, could enable you to remain living there independently.

Who can get equipment?

People who live in Trafford and who need help due to sight or hearing loss, a physical or learning disability, frailty or illness. To help maintain independence and quality of life we may be able to provide major pieces of equipment or carry out adaptations to your home.

In order to work out just what would make life easier for you, we do need to carry out an assessment. This assessment is completed by an Occupational Therapist based at the One Stop Resource Centre.

After the assessment we will identify and agree your needs with you and discuss the help and support available to meet them, according to the seriousness of your situation.

How much will it cost?

Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG)

A Disabled Facilities Grant is a grant from the council to help towards the cost of adapting your home to enable you to continue to live there.

Adults applying for a Disabled Facilities Grant need to have a financial assessment. There is no financial assessment for those under 18. This is to work out how much, if anything, you need to pay towards the adaptations. If you choose not to have a financial assessment you will have to pay the full cost of the work.

Personal budgets

If you have been assessed as needing support from Adult Social Services you may be able to have a personal budget. You may then be able to use it for some of the services mentioned above, if it meets your assessed needs.

How to get in touch

If you believe you need an assessment for equipment or home adaptations your first step is to contact the Equipment and Adaptations Advice Line. The telephone is staffed by a member of the occupational therapists assessment team. They will take your details and advise you of possible options which may include arranging an appointment for a home visit/assessment. Appointments are allocated on a priority basis and it may be some time before an occupational therapist can visit you, please ask when calling how long the current waiting time is.

Telecare (including pendant alarms)

Telecare equipment is linked to a telephone alarm unit. When activated it automatically generates an alarm call so that an emergency response can be raised whatever the time of day.

Alarm pendants, either worn around the neck during the day or kept close at hand during the night, are used to call for help. Simply pressing the button sends an alarm to a control centre where staff can arrange for you to get the help you need immediately.

Other detectors can also give early warning of, smoke, extreme heat, flood, a fall, if someone has left the property or managed to get in or out of bed safely.

You can find out more about telecare by contacting the Telecare Service Association.

Direct payment

If you have been assessed as needing support from adult social care you may be able to have a direct payment. This means that you can buy equipment or arrange your own adaptation, if it meets your assessed needs. The amount of money you receive is called a Personal Budget. The amount of money you are given will depend on your assessed needs.

Sensory team

If you have a sensory disability you may need equipment to support your day-to-day living. In order to work out just what equipment and other support is needed, we do need to carry out an assessment. For more information contact the Sensory Team.

After the assessment we will identify and agree your needs with you and discuss the equipment available to meet them, according to the seriousness of your situation.

Posture and mobility service

The Posture and Mobility Service is based at the Specialised Ability Centre. The service carries out assessments for children and adults. They assess people for a range of equipment including:

  • Buggies
  • Transit wheelchairs
  • Self-propelling wheelchairs
  • Active user wheelchairs costing less than £1500
  • Lighter weight wheelchairs
  • Electric powered indoor wheelchairs
  • Electric powered indoor and outdoor wheelchairs
  • Cushions
  • Specialised seating cushions
  • Seating systems
  • Changes to equipment to meet changing needs of the user.

Referral to the centre can be made by an:

  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Doctor
  • GP
  • Consultant
  • District Nurse

There is no charge for this service.

How to get in touch

If you believe you need an assessment for equipment or home adaptations your first step is to contact the Equipment and Adaptations Advice Line. The telephone is staffed by a member of the occupational therapists assessment team. They will take your details and advise you of possible options which may include arranging an appointment for a home visit/assessment. Appointments are allocated on a priority basis and it may be some time before an occupational therapist can visit you, please ask when calling how long the current waiting time is.

If you think you may need a wheelchair please contact your GP.

If you have a sensory disability you should contact the Sensory Team.

In an emergency

There is help and support available if you have problems with your equipment in the evenings and at the weekend.

  • If you have problems with mattress or motorised bed, please contact our out of hours service, run by Karomed, on 01460 66033 and quote “One Stop Resource Centre”.
  • If you have problems with a hoist please refer to the equipment label for out of hours emergency contact numbers.

In an emergency in the evenings and at weekends you can also contact Adult Social Services Emergency Duty Team. Phone: 0161 912 2020.

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