Before her injury Sonya was living in a 3-bedroom council flat with limited space. This property was situated at the top of the hill and the house was at a significantly lower level to the pavement and approached by a series of steep steps. The environment was posing barriers to Sonya’s rehabilitation and she and her family needed to be rehoused to a more suitable property.
Sonya experienced a subarachnoid haemorrhage in May 2012 causing a brain injury, including right sided hemiplegia, limited mobility and substantial communication difficulties. Sonya had been diagnosed with significant dyspraxia and dysphasia. Sonya reported ongoing pain in her right upper and lower limbs, and this is controlled by pain relief.
One of our Occupational Therapists visited Sonya in her existing property to ascertain the limitations and to make recommendations for a more suitable property considering Sonya’s present and anticipated needs and those of her family. Sonya lives with her husband and 2 grown up children.
Our Occupational Therapist discussed Mr and Sonya’s needs for any future property, and it was agreed that a rental property would be considered initially before they were in a financial position to purchase a property. The following needed to be considered within any new property.
A suitable property was soon found within the same locality and our Occupational Therapist was asked to return to ensure it met Sonya’s needs. It is rare that a property is ever entirely suitable to meet a person’s needs and that is why it is important that an Occupational Therapist assesses all potential properties to look at their merits and ascertain if and how they can be adapted for long term use. This included looking at Sonya’s present needs and her anticipated future needs. It was our role to make recommendations for any equipment, minor and major adaptations that would be required. Sonya required a stairlift, minor alterations to the kitchen, a wall hung shower seat, rails at the back door and some pieces of equipment.
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