Services for Case Managers and Lawyers

We are the Housing Occupational Therapy specialists. Through our ‘one-stop shop’ approach we provide everything from expert witness reports to property search, design, sourcing of equipment and manual handling training.

Working with case managers and lawyers across the UK and beyond we offer your clients a full service, supporting their needs at every stage of their journey.

Our Occupational Therapists support individuals with a range of conditions, from catastrophic injuries or medical conditions to relatively minor needs.

Designing and adapting living spaces

Design for Independence specialises in empowering individuals to function in, and have control over, their environment.

Our unique approach allows us to interpret complex medical and care needs into appropriate layouts and use of space. By working with us you can be sure that your client receives the support they need to live as independently as possible.

At Design for Independence we never forget that a home is a home – we strive to create homes that clients can be proud of, not a clinical environment.

Our occupational therapy team has up-to-date knowledge of the latest equipment, furniture and fittings for assistive living, including assistive technology. We can save clients substantial amounts of money by ensuring they purchase only the equipment they need. Additionally, we can help you access free of charge provision from the local authority.

We work with whole properties or individual rooms and can manage small internal projects. This includes liaising  with contract administrators and local authorities on your behalf.

We can recommend builders, architects and other relevant construction professionals, such as project managers and contract administrators. This ensures you work with the right people, and that the project can keep moving forward. We work in partnership with all members of the team until the satisfactory completion of the project.

Why use a Housing Occupational Therapy specialist?

Architects are usually aware of the requirements around improving access  for wheelchair users. However, they  have not been trained to interpret complex medical conditions into an architectural design.

As Housing Occupational Therapist specialists we design layouts that work for clients and their carers. We are skilled at supporting people with cognitive, visual, and emotional impairments, as well as those with mobility problems.

We regularly work with architects and surveyors to help them ensure their plans meet clients’ care and rehabilitation needs.

By working with a housing OT you will be able to reduce the time spent on design, minimise potential design errors and best support your client’s current and future needs.

Property search

Finding a home for someone with substantial care needs is not a straightforward process, especially if you don’t have medical training.

At Design for Independence our first stage is to assess the client so we can ensure that the properties we recommend fully meet their needs.

We take into account equipment and care needs, and present properties that have the necessary space and facilities.

Thanks to our medical and care knowledge, plus our understanding of the equipment available, and expertise in construction and alterations, we can find properties where minimal adaptation is required.

Our in-house estate agent can monitor the market daily, providing a selection of properties that take into account the client’s care, social and family needs. Find out more.

Expert witness

Our MD, Anava Baruch, provides expert witness services under Part 35 of the Civil Procedure Rules. Anava is currently the only OT offering accommodation expert reports. Her reports included consideration of the care environment, manual handling and rehabilitation. Anava can also provide a joint accommodation and equipment report.

She is known for her ability to think outside of the box and find creative solutions for complex problems. Anava offers national and international coverage. Find out more.

Manual handling

People who employ carers are legally required to complete a risk assessment if those carers are involved with manual handling. Training is mandatory for carers if their work involves physical risk, particularly of back injuries.

We offer both manual handling risk assessments and training for teams of carers, whether employed or family members. This ensures that your client is properly cared for and, where appropriate, meeting their obligation as an employer. Find out more.