Most Councils have a community equipment service which is used by both health and social services. Occupational Therapy equipment is generally issued based on an assessment of your need, but for individuals who would like to find out more about assistive equipment and major adaptations, Ask SARA is a system that can guide you to the appropriate information for you at any time of the day.
Ask SARA is able to do this by asking you specific questions around areas of your life that you might find difficult. For example, you may have difficulty with stairs, unsafe access to a bath or shower, difficulties with transfers on / off different surfaces and many other areas. Based on the answers you have provided, Ask SARA will outline a full report detailing services and suggestions of who will be able to advise you on how to overcome the areas of difficulty that you have identified.
In order to access more complex equipment, an Occupational Therapy assessor might be required to visit your home. They may ask you to try an activity to see how and why you are finding it difficult. This will highlight to them the most appropriate equipment to meet your needs.
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