Special Needs Housing Occupational Therapy

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Housing Occupational Therapy Service

  • Provides assessment and advice for people with physical disabilities applying for social housing in Bexley
  • Provides recomendations to the Housing Allocation Department to gain medical priority
  • Assesses properties to determine suitability for individual needs
  • Visits property with applicant to give advice on suitability
  • Can help with equipment, adaptations and applying for a Disabled Facilities Grant
  • Provides advice to surveyors and builders to ensure they meet the correct standards for accessible housing
  • Provides advice and support, where appropriate, to carers

Inspire Help with Housing

This service receives referrals from Bexley Council to assess people with a physical disability and provide reports regarding their suitability for medical priority within the social housing system. They look at the clients medical history as well as their functional ability and the environment and property in which they live.

The team liaise with Bexley Council to visit void properties to assess their suitability for clients with special needs e.g wheelchair users. They accompany clients to view the properties to discuss suitability and any future required adaptations / equipment. These adaptations may include lift facilities, ramps, bathroom and kitchen conversions. They work closely with the client to enable their new property meets their assessed need and can help the client apply for a Disabled Facilities Grant to finance the required works.

Close relationships with the Housing Development Team at Bexley Council and architects is held to enable that new purpose built properties developed in Bexley

Testimonials

Anonymous

Many thanks for your help. I found the service excellent and your kind attitude was very much appreciated.  

Anonymous

Came for an assessment but was also helped with a walking stick and information on attendance allowance for us. For us, personally, you could not improve your service to us. You all attended my mother in a kind, friendly and professional way.

Opening hours: 09.00 – 17.00; Monday – Friday

Phone: 020 3045 5100

Email: info@inspirecommunitytrust.org

Frequently Asked Questions - Special Needs Housing Occupational Therapy

What is the process for being re-housed on medical needs?

First you need to complete an application form for housing with your medical information.

If agreed for further assessment your case will be referred to the Special Needs Housing Occupational Therapy Team. A member of the team will visit you in your home to discuss the problems you are having and to see if your current home can be made suitable for you.

If your home cannot be adapted for you and you are experiencing severe functional difficulties a recommendation will be made for re-housing on medical needs. This will include the type of property you need, the mobility code you need and how much priority is appropriate for your case.

There are three mobility codes which refer to the severity of your disability.

The Bexley Allocations Service will consider the recommendations and write to you with their decision. You will receive a letter stating which band of the Housing Register you are in and the size and type of property you need.

You can then begin to bid for properties using the Bexley Homechoice scheme.

If I am moved on medical grounds will my new property be adapted for me?

You will see when you go to view any prospective properties whether adaptations are already in place or whether it is a property that has been identified as suitable for adaptations. A member of the Special Needs Housing Occupational Therapy Team can if enough notice given, meet you at the viewing to discuss position with adaptations.

Adaptations can be carried out funded by a Disabled Facilities Grant. This is means tested. The Senior Occupational Therapist will then arrange for any necessary works to be completed.

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