Our Occupational Therapy Team assists people of all ages to be safe, well and as independent as possible in their everyday lives. If you are finding it difficult to carry out daily tasks such as getting in/ out of your house, getting out of your chair, in/ out of the bath or to the toilet we have a range of strategies and advice to help you remain as independent as possible. You can also find advice on getting the right equipment yourself without the need for an Occupational Therapy assessment below.
We will visit you in your home, or invite you to one of our Assessment Clinics, to see what we can do to help promote your safety and independence.
How can the Occupational Therapy Team benefit you?
- We will work with you to help you find a new way of doing a task such as preparing a meal or drink, dressing and personal hygiene, getting in, out and around your home, please see the following page Homecare STEPS team
- Discuss specialist equipment to aid your daily living
- Provide minor adaptations such as grab rails, if you are thinking about purchasing your own equipment please visit finding the right equipment for yourself
- Arranging major adaptations such as ramps or stairlifts
- Working with your carer to offer them advice in the best way to support you
- With your consent, we can signpost you to relevant services who may be able to help
Am I eligible?
- Residents who live in the Doncaster area
- Residents who are permanently and substantially disabled
- Residents who have significant difficulties in their daily life and want to be more independent
- Carer/s for a disabled person/s and who are experiencing difficulties
How do I apply?
You can do this yourself, or get someone like a friend, relative, advocate, or any health or social care professional to call us on 01302 736000 between 8.30 am – 5 pm Monday - Friday. If you have a sensory impairment, please contact the Adult Sensory Team. We will contact you as soon as we can to arrange a clinic appointment or a home visit.
We will then look at the information you give us to decide if we can help. If so, we will then contact you to arrange a clinic appointment, a remote telephone or video assessment or a home visit.
What is an assessment?
A member of the Occupational Therapy team will talk to you about how you manage with everyday activities. Together with you, and your carer, if appropriate, we will work out what meets your needs. The assessment usually takes about an hour. If English is not your first language, we can arrange for an interpreter to be there. After the assessment, we will send you a written summary of what is agreed. If your needs change or you move house, please let us know as soon as possible by ringing our Integrated front office on 01302 736000.
Is there a charge?
The assessment and minor adaptations are free of charge. Any equipment provided will be on a long-term loan, also free of charge. You may be eligible for a Disabled Facilities Grant towards the cost of major adaptations. This is a means-tested grant and you may need to pay a contribution. We will explain how this works. If you are a council tenant, adaptations will be free of charge.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I need an assessment? Can’t you just supply me with the equipment?
Why do I have to come to a clinic? Can’t you come out and see me at home?
Do you provide walking sticks and walking frames?
Do you provide wheelchairs?
Where am I on the waiting list and when will I be seen?
How do I get to speak to my Occupational Therapist?
Can I arrange to have some unwanted equipment collected?
My equipment is not working – how do I get it replaced?
The equipment I was issued no longer meets my needs. What should I do?
When will my stair lift/shower/rails be fitted?
Can I have a dropped kerb as it is hard to park in my street?
Can I have a ramp for my mobility scooter?
My shower is finished; how do I get a shower seat?
Can I have an adaptation such as a level access shower or a ramp removed from my St Leger home?
The following video shows how we help people to live and not just exist: