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Adapting the future

Published on 15 Mar 2013

The Western Isles Occupational Therapy (OT) department is planning to extend its list of contractors willing to carry out minor works for local clients. 

The minor adaptations budget is deployed to help anyone of any age, including young children, cope with their changing health needs, and can be anything from fitting a small pre-supplied 'grab rail' in a kitchen, bathroom or hallway, or a front or back door, to reconfiguring steps and re-hanging doors.  

NHS Western Isles OT Services Manager Sonja Smit is keen to stress that these minor works are anything but minor to our clients.

"A very small change can make the world of difference to someone who has struggled to move independently around their home or manage their stairs," she explained. "It's really quite something to see how much a minor adaptation can enhance someone's safety, independence and quality of life."

In 2012-13 the OT Department processed nearly 300 small adaptations and, with an increased focus on reablement and rehabilitation, staff are looking for more innovative solutions to support daily living. A recent client satisfaction survey showed that the majority of the clients who benefited from an adaptation said that it improved their ability to manage at home. 

Any contractor who would like to be included on the list can contact the OT Department at Western Isles Hospital for further information (01851 708290).





Maggie Fraser

Communications Manager

01851 708060



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