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In this section you will find information about other services that Occupational Therapy offers.
We assess and recommend specialist equipment that is supplied by social services, education and health, via Sefton Community Equipment Stores for the home, school and nursery. This equipment is monitored regularly, checking for safety, suitability and general maintenance.
We also carry out environmental assessments for minor adaptations including stair rails, grab rails, and ramps.
We may also recommend small aids for a child or young person to use to support their daily activities, such as eating, drinking, dressing, and classroom skills.
If following an appointment the Occupational Therapist has identified that your child would benefit from the provision of equipment, this will be discussed with you. Some of the reasons that equipment is recommended include:
Depending upon the complexity of your child needs, the amount of equipment needed will vary. Your child will be assessed for equipment that best meets their needs, and the following equipment may be recommended or provided:
Depending upon your child’s needs, the length of time that your child will need the equipment for will vary. Any equipment that is provided by the Occupational Therapy service is reviewed regularly by the OT Team to assess for growth, ensure that it is safe, and that it is still meeting your child’s needs.
If your child no longer requires the equipment, we will inform you and remove the equipment. Alternatively if you feel that your child no longer needs this equipment, please discuss this with your child’s Occupational Therapist.
We will assess the needs of your child through discussion with you and observation of your child to establish which equipment would best meet their needs. Assessments are usually completed in the location where the equipment is to be issued, so this may be at home, in school, or nursery.
Dependent upon the equipment, we may liaise with specialist equipment suppliers and complete a joint assessment with them to find the most appropriate equipment for your child to use.
If an environmental assessment is required at home, for minor adaptations such as fitting of grab or stair rails, it may also be necessary for us to liaise with other services including social services and housing services.
Small aids are small pieces of equipment that support your child with their everyday activities. These are not provided by our Sefton Community Equipment Stores, and recommendations are made with the expectation that these will be purchased by home, nursery or school.
Some of the small aids we recommend include:
Information on small aids purchase details is coming soon.
Dependent upon the problem with the equipment you should contact your child’s Occupational Therapist or Sefton Community Equipment Stores.
You should contact your child’s Occupational Therapist if:
You should report faulty or broken equipment to Sefton Community Equipment Stores on 0151 288 6208
Sefton Community Equipment Stores
Aintree Retail Park
Tel: 0151 288 6208
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