Occupational Therapy - live session 12th June 2019 3pm
Please feel free to message me if you have any queries around moving and handling, transfers on/off the toilet, self-care, bathing and access to/from your property. I am here from 3-4pm today for a live forum.
I look forward to your questions and hope I can provide you with information and guidance within your caring role.
I am having trouble with the stairs to access the toilet - I go very slowly because I have mobility problems - can you help
Thank you for posting your question and I am sorry to hear that you are having difficulty accessing your stairs in order to reach the toilet. Initially, I would advise you to contact Social Services in your area and request to be referred to the Community Occupational Therapy team. They may take details around how you are accessing essential amenities over the telephone or if you were able to access their website you could also refer yourself online. You can also request that your GP sends a referral to Occupational Therapy - he/she will be able to complete the referral form on your behalf.
The Occupational Therapist will carry out a home visit and they will carry out an assessment of your needs. For example, they may feel that you need a wall mounted rail to enable you to pull yourself upwards when ascending the stairs. They will look at your medical condition and how this will impact on your long term ability to manage the stairs. They may look at (depending on their assessment only) a stairlift in the future and this is usually through a Disability Facility Grant purely on the recommendation of the Occupational Therapist. Perhaps in the very short term, to minimise discomfort and reduce possible risk of falling, a commode could be supplied - not an option for everyone but it could help before any other intervention.
I hope that this is of some benefit to you and please do not hesitate to call our central hub or post on our live chat if you feel you need further advice and/or support in this area.
This is most helpful.
I will speak to the doctor and will call the office for further advice.