I have worked closely with the Local Authorities throughout Hampshire and Dorset, prescribing appropriate equipment, completing risk assessments including positive risk assessment and advising on minor or major environmental adaptations and designs. I have consulted with architects on new builds, re-designing current homes and advising on garden designs for and on behalf of my clients. I have an in-depth knowledge of telecare equipment enabling clients to be confident living alone in their own home with options to reach out to their friends and family in the event of an emergency. I can advise on equipment that can aid with memory, orientation and time of day.
I have worked within a school environment ensuring children can interact with their environment predominantly with correct seating and assistive technology.
I have completed mobility assessments for applicants applying for the Blue Badge.
II have worked within a Reablement Service setting realistic goals with my clients enabling them to regain meaningful and purposeful activities into their lives following a traumatic event. This clientele required a multidisciplinary team approach and in some cases a best interest decision would be required. I was confident in my approach, taking a positive risk approach to facilitate home discharges with clients who had fluctuating capacity whilst incorporating a good holistic strategy including therapy, equipment and a package of care.
My aim is to empower people with disabilities, so they can achieve their full potential and to enable families to care for their loved ones at home in a safe environment. I provide a holistic and comprehensive report of functional needs and abilities with recommendations for adaptations and/or equipment to increase independence and choice.
Areas of expertise:- Risk Assessment including positive risk assessments. Equipment - help finding the right disability equipment. Minor adaptations - help finding an experienced builder. Major adaptations - can liaise with architects/builders. Moving and handling - advice on complex equipment such as hoist equipment and demonstration for safe use. Behavioural difficulties (eg autism, dementia, alzheimers) - strategies and equipment to create a safe environments (home, garden, car). Postural management and seating assessments - reduce pressure areas, contracture management, enabling feeding and more. Housing Associations assessments - appropriate client rehousing, new-build advice, adaptations. Disabled Facilities Grant - advice on making a referral.
I am also a Best Interest Assessor, completing assessments and reviews of clients who lack capacity and have been placed in a safe establishment. The clients may have been unable to make an informed decision, such as where to live, due to a cognitive deficit. I ensure that the assessments and review reflects the needs of the client and that the client; regardless of their capacity, has a voice and is heard.
I have also held the voluntary post of Secretary to the Wessex Region Specialist group for Children's, Young Person and Adolescents from 2008 - 2009.
I have also held the voluntary position of RCOT South East Region committee's secretary from 2014 - 2016.
I am also currently volunteering for my local community to support those who are vulnerable and isolated at this time during the Covid-19 pandemic.
I hope that I will be able to assist you.
Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons), Best Interest Assessor for Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (Core subject at Msc ) and Leadership and Management Skills (Core subject at Msc).
Phone: 07840 945636
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