York’s new private occupational therapy assessment service launched

The recently launched service offers quick access to professional advice and an assessment from a senior occupational therapist.

The occupational therapy assessments take place in a person’s home and recommendations are made on which pieces of equipment are best to support the person to minimise risk and enable them to maintain their independence.  The assessment considers which equipment could be purchased to help an individual with tasks including visiting the toilet, bathing, accessing their property, climbing the stairs and working in the kitchen.

Heather Barden, Be Independent’s Chief Executive, said: “We know that having access to the right pieces of equipment to enable people to be discharged from hospital and continue to live in their own home is so important.  But we also know there can be a delay in people receiving the free assessment.  Our new private occupational therapy assessment service will see people receiving an appointment and the opportunity to purchase the right pieces of equipment on the same day.  We’re keen to help as many people as possible to be independent and this is one of our new innovative ways of doing so.”

The cost of an assessment for people living within the City of York Council boundary is £89 and is £99 outside of that area, with a special introductory offer of £69 and £79 until 30 April 2017.

Advice can also be obtained for free from a local authority occupational therapist, but there is often a waiting list for their service.

If you would like to arrange an appointment with Be Independent’s occupational therapist or would like further information about our service, please telephone 01904 645000.

Chris Marsden

Vale Radio, Unit 1, 16 The Village, Haxby, York, York