Community occupational therapy

The occupational therapy service may be able to help if you have difficulty with:

  • getting in and out of the bath
  • getting in/out of bed
  • on/off a chair or toilet
  • managing steps into your home or stairs inside your home
  • managing everyday activities like making meals or getting dressed
  • hearing the doorbell, telephone, smoke alarm or television
  • your sight affecting how you manage everyday activities

Occupational therapy staff can:

  • provide information, support and guidance
  • advise on how to carry out daily tasks differently
  • undertake a full assessment of need for people affected by a disability
  • advise and recommend equipment that will encourage you to be safer and independent
  • advise on adaptations to your home
  • provide education, support and advice about keeping healthy and making the most of your abilities

Referrals

Anyone can make a referral to the service on your behalf or you can refer yourself directly.

Call ACCESSLine on 03452 777 778 and ask for the First Contact service, or email firstcontact@angus.gov.uk.

Referrals are prioritised and you may have to wait before we carry out an assessment. If your circumstances change, or if you want to check that we hold the correct information about you, get in touch with First Contact using the contact details above.

Assessments

A member of the team will contact you and if required will visit your home to discuss what aids and adaptations you might need.

We appreciate that some people may not want to wait therefore an easy to use online assessment has been developed where you can answer some questions about how you manage around your home and based on your answers you may be offered minor adaptations (such as grab rails) and/or basic equipment (such as raised toilet seats).

Adaptations

Occupational Therapists work across all types of housing arranging adaptations to remove barriers within the home which prevent independent living.

Following your assessment, if adaptations are required, the responsibility for the cost of these will depend on the type of tenancy you have. We will discuss this with you during the assessment.

Equipment

A wide range of equipment is available following assessment to allow you to maintain/regain your independence with household tasks. This equipment is provided on a loan basis for as long as you need it.

If equipment has been loaned to you by the equipment loan service and you no longer require this or want to report a fault, contact the equipment store on 01382 307630 or ACCESSline on 03452 777 778.

We do not provide any walking aids or wheelchairs.

Wheelchairs are available from the Red Cross on short-term loan. Contact 01307 475072 or 01382 200084.

Walking Aids can be provided by contacting Physiotherapy Tayside NHS:

If you experience difficulty with your mobility you may be entitled to a blue badge.

Visit our help to live at home pages for more information about the support available to help you live at home.