According to information provided by the Disabled Living Foundation (DLF), around one in five adults in the UK is disabled, with in excess of one million of those live alone. With the right support and facilities, leading an independent life with a physical or learning disability is more achievable today than ever before.
The City of Wolverhampton Council’s Occupational Therapy team and Sensory Support team are based at the Neville Garratt Centre for Independent Living, on Bell Street in Wolverhampton city centre. These teams exist to help people maintain independence within their home.
Meeting your needs
Around 1.9 million households (data obtained from the Disabled Living Foundation) contain at least one person who felt that their condition meant that they required some adaptations to their home. The most common adaptations needed were:
- Grab rails inside the home
- A bath/shower seat or other aids to use
- A shower to replace the bath
- A special toilet seat
If you feel you have care and support needs, it may be helpful to use the Disabled Living Foundation’s online self-assessment tool which may identify some of your needs and will suggest aids and equipment which may help you to remain independent. This is just a guide and is not an official assessment of your needs which, if requested, will be undertaken by a healthcare professional.
Consider whether you need a professional assessment by the Occupational Therapy team before purchasing any equipment that may affect your balance, mobility, posture, pressure care, ability to summon help, or general safety.
To start your assessment please click on ‘ASK SARA’, a Disabled Living Foundation tool which will ask you a series of questions, finishing with your assessment results.
‘ASK SARA’ allows you to access information on different health topics specific to yourself and you may find it useful to share the results with your family, friends or carer. It may also be useful to either save, print or email the results to reference yourself or share with anyone who helps care or support you.
Disabled Facilities Grants (DFGs)
For more complex problems, major adaptations, e.g. a stair lift or level access shower, may be recommended. In this case you will be referred to the Adaptations Team at Wolverhampton Homes and may be offered a Disabled Facilities Grant (subject to means test) if you are a homeowner, or a private tenant. Different financial arrangements apply for tenants of Wolverhampton Homes.
To find out more about Disabled Facilities Grants, click the following LINK
For more information about this service please contact the Independent Living Team.