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Adapting my home to suit my needs

Before you leave hospital, the Occupational Therapist may carry out a ‘home visit’ to assess your ability to manage at home. The Occupational Therapist may suggest alternative ways of doing things or make recommendations for equipment or adaptations that may maintain or improve your independence at home.

Examples of adaptations include:

  • Ramping steps at front door to allow for easier access to the home.
  • Removing mats and rugs to reduce risk of falls.
  • Rearranging furniture to allow for easier and safer access.
  • Bringing a bed downstairs when it unsafe for the person to climb the stairs.
  • Installation of raised toilet seats, swivel bather, shower stools etc.
  • Extending house to include a downstairs toilet and shower.
  • Removing bath or shower and installing a level access shower.

There are grants available from County and City Councils to carry out works. These include:

An Occupational Therapist or Public Health Nurse may recommend equipment that will increase your independence and safety. Medical card holders will be provided with this equipment on loan. There may be a delay in obtaining this equipment.

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