If you have a disability the team can offer you and your carer an assessment to identify equipment or adaptations which promote your independence within your home. The team is made up of a variety of workers including social workers, rehabilitation workers, occupational therapists and disability officers.
Social Workers can help you to plan your personal care and put together a package of care to give you the support you need. There is a specialist Social Worker with deaf people who holds a drop in session weekly on a Thursday. There is also a worker who will help you to go through the process of registration as a visually impaired person and who will arrange services for you to help you to adjust to your disability.
The occupational therapists and disability officers assess disabled people's physical and environmental needs to assist with daily life activities like getting in and out of the house, access to rooms within the house and access to bathing facilities. The team also assesses and makes recommendations for adaptations to the home if equipment cannot meet the person needs.
The Disability Services Team works within the councils eligibility criteria for equipment and adaptations.They also work within the legislation laid down in the Disability Discrimination Act, Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970, the National Assistance Act 1948 and other disability legislation.
The equipment is ordered, stored, delivered and collected by a small team of drivers and a store manager. The drivers and a technician install and fit the equipment safely into your home as required.
This section is the first point of contact for all the referrals for people who request an assessment. Information is also given to people where they can access the appropriate service for themselves if they want to.
The section also processes the orders and arranges delivery of equipment to the disabled people. They also arrange collections of equipment, which is no longer required and can be used by someone else. It is important that any equipment, which does not meet the need of the disabled person, is returned, cleaned and delivered to another disabled person.
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