Our clients range from people who have suffered relatively minor injuries to those who have suffered serious injuries and medical conditions.
We have helped clients with brain injury, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, polio, mesothelioma, and loss of limbs. We do not limit our work to people with physical disabilities – we are also very skilled at helping clients with visual, cognitive or emotional impairments
Expert witness: accommodation and equipment
We provide expert witness services under Part 35 of the Civil Procedure Rules. Our reports are undertaken by Anava Baruch, who is known for her ability to think out of the box and find creative solutions for complex problems. We offer national and international coverage: more information on our expert witness service.
Property search and home purchasing advice
In addition to our medical and care knowledge, we have the expertise in construction necessary to find properties suitable for adaptation, and to ensure minimal adaptation is required. Our in-house estate agent monitors the market daily: more information on our property search service.
Designing and adapting living spaces
Our occupational therapists can work with either whole properties or individual rooms, such as wet rooms or kitchens. They regularly work with architects and surveyors to help them ensure their plans meet clients’ care and rehabilitation needs. We are also able to project manage small internal projects and can liaise with local authorities on your behalf.
Assessing equipment needs and sourcing equipment.
We make certain that we are up-to-date with the latest equipment, furniture and fittings for assistive living, including assistive technology. This enables us to regularly save our clients substantial amounts of money by ensuring they purchase only the equipment they need.
Assessment of seating and posture
Our occupational therapists can recommend appropriate made-to-measure complex seating systems, pressure relief cushions/mattresses, and all types of wheelchairs.
We are able to carry out both risk assessments and training, and are qualified at IOSH Train the Trainer level. Our training always takes place in the client’s home using their own equipment, and is for both formal and informal carers: more information on manual handling.
Why Use a Housing OT?
Housing OT or Rehabilitation OT?
OTs, like other professions, have areas of speciality. Housing OTs specialise in making alterations to the environment to increase safety and independence; rehabilitation OTs specialise in increasing the client’s ability to function.
Housing OTs have an in-depth understanding of the equipment, fixtures and fittings available on the market.
Housing OTs work very closely with architects, builders and surveyors. They regularly make alterations to architectural drawings with detailed explanations of the reasoning behind their recommendations. A rehabilitation OT might rely on the housing expert’s report when caring out any adaptation work – however many housing expert reports become outdated very quickly and should not be relied upon.
Housing OTs also have unique knowledge around public funds, including an in-depth understanding of the Disabled Facilities Grant and how to access equipment funded by the local authority.
Housing OT or Architect?
Housing OTs have a thorough knowledge of care and the design of environments suitable for care; they understand the way a client transfers, the number of carers needed to support the client and where everyone is likely to stand. This enables them to design a layout which is user friendly for both the client and their carers.
The medical background of the housing OT gives them the ability to predict the client’s long term needs and ensure that the design is future proofed, so that only minimal alterations to the layout will be required (if any) in the future.
Housing OTs also understand how medical conditions can be affected by light and sound or temperature, and can implement a design that will support and improve a client’s function and independence.
Architects are usually aware of the requirements in improving access (e.g. large rooms, wide corridors and doorways) but it is not realistic to expect an architect to interpret complex medical and care requirements directly; working with a housing OT will reduce the time spent on the design period and minimise errors in design.
We can recommend suitable architects, builders and project management companies that we work closely with.