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Equipment and Housing Adaptations

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London Borough of Hounslow Occupational Therapy Service

If you have substantial difficulties carrying out everyday tasks the Councilís Occupational Therapy team can provide advice and may be able to provide equipment and small adaptations to help you stay independent at home. Small items of equipment are now available to buy through your local retailer. If you are eligible for State-funded equipment you will be given a prescription which you can exchange for equipment.

An Occupational Therapist will assess your needs and eligibility for services and can

bullet Discuss better ways to carry out everyday tasks and the best ways of managing at home
bullet Advise about equipment which may help including washing, bathing and toilet equipment
bullet Provide advice and information on where to buy equipment not supplied by the Council
bullet Recommend and provide small adaptations to your home such as toilet or bath grab rails
bullet Advise whether you meet the criteria for major adaptations to your home such as an overbath shower
bullet Advise whether you are eligible to be registered and recorded on the Councilís Register of Disabled People

 For more information including about eligibility, and to request an assessment contact:

The Adult Access team

88 Lampton Road

Hounslow TW3 4DW

0208 583 3100

Email adultsocialcare@hounslow.gov.uk

For details of all London borough of Hounslow services visit the web site at www.hounslow.gov.uk

 SARA ( Self Assessment Rapid Access )

SARA is an online self-assessment tool for people who have difficulty with aspects of daily living such as bathing, walking, eating or other everyday activities. It was developed by the Disabled Living Foundation. By answering SARAís questions about yourself and your environment you will get ideas and tips about ways to make your life easier, details of products that might help and details of where you can get them.

Visit the website www.asksara.org.uk

Disabled Facilities Grants

A Disabled Facilities Grant helps towards the cost of making adaptations or providing facilities to help you to continue to live independently in your home. You can apply for a grant if you or a member of your family who lives with you are disabled, a resident of Hounslow and either an owner occupier or a private tenant. Adaptations which may help you could include

        a ramp

        a stair lift

        a level access shower

        widening doors for wheelchair access

 Disabled Facilities Grants for adaptations are recommended following an Occupational Therapy assessment

There is a maximum grant and all applications are subject to a financial assessment to see how much you will need to pay towards the cost of the works.

For more information on grants contact:

        The Private Sector Housing Unit 0208 583 3874/6/7

        Email privatesectorhousing.grants@hounslow .gov.uk

For advice about an Occupational Therapy assessment contact:

        The Adult Access Team

        41 New Heston Road


        TW5 0LW

        Tel: 0208 583 3100

        Email: adultsocialcare@hounslow.gov.uk

Hounslow Council Home Improvement Service 

The service can provide home safety checks and referrals on for other services such as:

bullet The Handy person Service which can help with minor repairs, home security, fitting grabrails and keysafes etc. You are eligible if you are over 70 years or have a disability.
bullet Care and Repair is a service for home owners aged 60 and over to repair, improve and adapt their properties. It aims to take away some of the stress and disruption of undertaking repairs by offering confidential advice, support and expertise. It can help to organise small or large works such as:
bullet repairing leaking gutters
bullet  rewiring
bullet  ramps, stair lifts
bullet  external decorating
bullet  replacement windows.

Your property is inspected, specifications are prepared with likely costs and quotes are obtained from reliable contractors. There may be advice about grants or alternative funding if cost is a problem. Works are supervised and there is assistance if any problems arise.

Advice and the initial visit is free. If you decide to carry out work with the help of Care & Repair there is a fee based on the cost of the works.

For more information contact:

 The Home Improvement Service

          Civic Centre

          Lampton Road

          TW3 4DN

Tel 0208 583 3878

Email: Homeimprovements@hounslow.gov.uk

Web site www.hounslow.gov.uk


The Wheelchair Service provides assessment, prescription and provision of manual and powered wheelchairs for people with long-term mobility problems.

For more information contact:

The Wheelchair Service

         Heart of Hounslow Centre for Health

        92, Bath Road


        TW3 3EL

        Tel: 0208 630 3994 or 0208 630 1277

 Disabled Living Foundation (DLF)

The Disabled Living Foundation is a national charity which provides free impartial advice about all types of disability aids such as 

stair lifts, walk-in baths, jar openers, tap turners, bath seats, walking sticks, riser recliner chairs, wheelchairs, scooters and hoists.

The DLF produces factsheets and lists of suppliers. You can speak to an advisor on the helpline, try equipment for yourself at a demonstration centre or use the web site.

Contact :

Helpline 0845 130 9177

            Textphone 0207 432 8009

Email  helpline@dif.org.uk

Web site  www.dlf.org.uk

The demonstration centre is at:

 380 - 384 Harrow Road, London W9 2HU


Ability Net is a  national charity providing information about computers, aids and software to assist with communication. It provides impartial advice, information, factsheets, an online shop and regional centres that offer individual assessment and guidance on what to buy.


Freephone 0800n269 545

Email enquiries@abilitynet.org.uk

Website www.abilitynet.org.uk

 Aidis Trust

The Aidis Trust is a small charity which provides communication aids, computers, installation, advice and training, a technical helpline and an online shop for disabled people.


        Technical supported helpline Tel: 0845 120 3719 (local rate)

        Website: www.aidis.org

        Email: support@aidis.org


Useful Websites

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