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Occupational therapy self-selection service in East Lothian


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A range of equipment and small adaptations that will help you in your home.
Introduction


Equipment
Cup (one-handled)
Cup (two-handled)
Dressing stick
Ferrule
Key turner
Knob turner
Large-handled cutlery
Leg lifter
Non-slip material
Pickup reacher
Plate surround
Shoe horn
Sock/ stocking aid
Tap turners (cross-head)
Tights aid
Urinal (for females)
Urinal (for males)
Walking stick


Adaptations
Banister
Grabrail (plastic, indoor)
Grabrail (steel, indoor)
Grabrail (steel, outdoor)
Handrail (outdoor)
Newel rail


Contact details
Introduction

This guide will give you details of equipment and minor adaptations that are
available to help you in your home or garden.

The Occupational Therapy self selection service is available to all East
Lothian residents, whether you are a council, housing association, or
privately-rented tenant, or you own your home.

There is a range of equipment available to support you with everyday tasks
such as getting dressed or holding cups and cutlery. There are also rails to
improve your safety inside or outside your home.

All of the items have been designed especially for this task and are available
free of charge and without an assessment. You can request them yourself or
ask a friend, relative or carer to do it on your behalf.

We’ve included clear descriptions and photographs with measurements,
weights and brief details of how to use, care for and clean the equipment so
you can decide if it’s right for you. There is an application form at the back of
this booklet, which you can complete and return to us (our details are listed
later in this file).

Once we have received and approved your request, we will deliver or post the
equipment to you. If you’ve asked for an adaptation, we will arrange for an
authorised tradesperson to contact you to do the work. We may contact you
afterwards for your feedback as part of our commitment to improving our
services.

Please not that this service is for people aged 16 or over. If you need
equipment for a young person who is under 16, we strongly recommend that
you contact us for an assessment to make sure that all of their needs are
being met (our details are listed later in this file).

The Occupational Therapy self selectio n service is funded by East Lothian
Council and delivered in partnership with NHS Lothian.


Permissions for rails outside (if you live in a Conservation area)
Before you request an outside grabrail or handrail from our Adaptations
section, please contact East Lothian Council’s Planning and Building Services
team to find out if a building warrant or planning permission is required. This
will depend on a number of factors and our trained staff can give you advice in
this area. Please call 01620 827216 and ask to speak to the duty officer.
Equipment
Cup (one-handled)
Item CUPON001


This cup will help if you have difficulty gripping or drinking from a traditional
cup or mug.


Capacity: 400ml (10fl.oz)
Weight: 160g (5.6oz)


Alternative to: Two-handled cup (page 6)


Features
      Tough, clear polycarbonate beaker with one large handle
      Supplied with two lids – one anti-spill and one with a drinking spout
      Safe to use in a microwave oven.


Delivery
This item is delivered by a driver. The equipment service will ca ll you in
advance to arrange a suitable time.


Cleaning
Wash by hand using warm water and household detergent. The cup is
dishwasher safe but the lids are not.
Cup (two-handled)
Item CUPTW001


The two-handled cup will help you if you have difficulty gripping or drinking
from a conventional cup or mug.


Capacity: 312millilitres (11fluid ounces)
Weight: 176grams (6.2ounces)


Alternative to: One-handled cup (page 5)


Features
      Moulded acrylic
      Wide stable base
      Two large, contoured, angled handles to help gripping
      Separate top with feeding spout
      Safe to use in a microwave oven.


Selection guidelines
This cup is suitable for a person with a weak grip, tremor or who cannot sit
upright


Delivery
This item is delivered by a driver. The equipment service will call you in
advance to arrange a suitable time.


Cleaning
Cleaning the cup in a dishwasher will shorten its life so wash by hand using
warm water and household detergent.


Documentation
This item will come with an instruction leaflet
Dressing stick
Item DRESS001


The stick is designed to help you to dress yourself, for example, to pull on a
jacket or to push off socks.


Length: 520millimetres (21 inches)
Weight: 236grams (8.3 ounces)


Features
Lacquered hardwood stick with a rubber stop at one end and a wire hook at
the other.


Delivery
We will deliver this item by mail.
Ferrule


A ferrule is a rubber ‘foot’ that fits on the bottom of a walking aid to prevent it
slipping.


Features
      Non-slip rubber
      Various sizes to fit diameters (inner) 16, 19, 22, 25millimetres (0.6,
       0.75, 0.87, 1inches)


Sizes and codes
16 millimetres Ferrule: FERRU001
19millimetres Ferrule: FERRU002
22 millimetres Ferrule: FERRU003
25millimetres Ferrule: FERRU004


Selection guidelines
You can use this to replace a lost, worn or damaged ferrule on a walking stick
or aid. You will need to know the diameter of your walking aid.


Delivery
We will deliver this item by mail.
Key turner (double)
Item KEYTU001


The double key turner will help you to grip and turn any Yale -type key and
some mortice-type door keys.


Weight: 70 grams (2.5 ounces)


Features
      Moulded nylon with brass fittings
      Holds one or two Yale or mortice-type keys
      Curved, built-up handle to provide easy grip and good leverage
      Locking lever to enable the key(s) to fold back into the handle for safe,
       convenient storage.


Delivery
We will deliver this item by mail.


Cleaning
Clean using a damp cloth with water and household detergent


Documentation
This item will come with an instruction leaflet
Knob turner
Item KNOBT001


The knob turner is to help grasp and turn the inside knob of a Yale-type lock.


Weight: 50 grams (1.8 ounces)


Features
      Soft brown plastic
      Fits neatly over the knob of most Yale-type locks
      May be left in place on the lock.


Delivery
We will deliver this item by mail.


To install
      Fit over the existing knob on the back of the lock
      This will need some grip strength and co-ordination so you may need
       help.


Cleaning
Clean using a damp cloth with water and household detergent then wipe dry
thoroughly.


Documentation
This item will come with an instruction leaflet
Large-handled cutlery


The large-handled cutlery is designed for people having difficulties holding
conventional cutlery.


Length: 203 millimetres (8 inches)
Length (handle): 115 millimetres (4.5 inches)
Diameter (handle): 28 millimetres (1.1 inches)
Weight (handle): 12 grams (0.4 ounces)
Weight (fork): 34 grams (1.2 ounces)
Weight (knife): 45 grams (1.6 ounces)
Weight (spoon): 42 grams (1.5 ounces)


Choices and codes
Large-handled fork: LARGE001
Large-handled knife: LARGE002
Large-handled spoon: LARGE003


Features
      Sculptured and lightweight with foam handles
      Stainless steel utensils.


Delivery
We will deliver this item by mail.


Cleaning
Clean using a damp cloth with water and household detergent. Do not soak:
simply rinse and wipe dry. Not suitable for dishwasher.


Documentation
These items will come with an instruction leaflet.
Leg lifter
Item LEGLI004


The leg lifter will help you to lift your leg into or out of your bed or bath.


Length: 864 millimetres (34 inches)
Weight: 78 grams (2.75 ounces)


Features
      Webbing strap with a stiffened stem
      An upper loop fits around your hand or wrist, and a stiffened loop fits
       over your foot.


Cleaning
Clean using a damp cloth with water and household detergent then wipe dr y
thoroughly.


Delivery
We will deliver this item by mail.
Non-slip material
Item NONSLI001


The non-slip material helps you to grip items, or stop items such as plates or
telephones moving on surfaces.


Length: 60 centimetres (24 inches)
Width: 200 millimetres (8 inches)


Features
      Non-slip PVC material (for example, Dycem) that grips on both sides
       but doesn’t stick
      Prevents movement on dry surfaces
      Useful for opening jars and bottles
      Issued in 60 centimetre (24 inch) lengths, which you can cut to size as
       required.


Cleaning
      Clean regularly using water and household detergent
      Rinse and dry thoroughly before use. The non-slip material is
       ineffective when wet.


Delivery
We will deliver this item by mail.
Pick-up reacher
Item PICKU001


The pick-up reacher will help you to reach or retrieve lightweight items.


Length: 600 millimetres (24 inches)
Weight: 215 grams (7.6 ounces)


Features
      Lightweight and robust
      Twin sculptured jaws for grip
      Can be operated one-handed by a short-distance trigger or two-handed
       by a slide lever along the top of the handle
      Head can be rotated for ease of use
      Removable clip for attaching to wheelchairs and walking frames .


Cleaning
Clean regularly using water and household detergent


Delivery
We will deliver this item by mail.


Documentation
This item will come with an instruction leaflet
Plate surround
Item PLATE001


The plate surround will help you to pick up food with your cutlery or other
utensils


Fits plate size 200-280 millimetres (8-11 inches)


Features
      Flexible, white, moulded polythene guard
      Clips to the outer rim of your existing plate
      Safe to use in the microwave.


Cleaning
Dishwasher safe. Alternatively, clean using water and household detergent
then dry thoroughly.


Delivery
We will deliver this item by mail.
Shoehorn (long-handled)
Item SHOE001


The long-handled shoehorn has been designed to help you put on or take off
your shoes. It is suitable for someone who has difficulty bending or who has
been advised not to bend forward.


Length: 450 millimetres (18 inches)


Features
      Lightweight, moulded plastic
      Long handle for easier reaching
      Hanging loop on end for easy storage.


Cleaning
Clean with warm water and household detergent. Wipe dry thoroughly.


Delivery
We will deliver this item by mail.
Sock/ stocking aid
Item SOCKS001


This aid will help you to put on socks and stockings more easily. It is suitable
for someone who has difficult bending down or has been advised not to bend
forward.


Alternative to tights aid (page 19)


Features
      A flexible polythene gutter with notches holds the sock in place,
       attached to cotton tapes to pull it up.
      Not suitable for use with support stockings


Cleaning
Clean with warm water and household detergent. Wipe dry thoroughly. Do not
clean in a washing machine.


Delivery
We will deliver this item by mail.


Documentation
This item will come with an instruction leaflet
Tap turners (cross head)
Item TAPTU001


These tap turners will help you to turn on and off taps with a cross head. They
are suited for someone with joint pain or a weak grip.


Length: 140 millimetres (5.5 inches)
Weight: 65 grams (2.3 ounces)


Features
      Strong, moulded nylon
      Fits most capstan and cross head taps
      Supplied in colour-coded pairs to help distinguish hot and cold water
       taps
      May be left in position on the tap.


Delivery
This item is delivered by a driver. The equipment service will call you in
advance to arrange a suitable time.


Cleaning
Clean with warm water and household detergent.


Documentation
This item will come with an information leaflet
Tights aid
Item TIGHT001


The tights aid will help you to put on tights more easily. It is suitable for
someone who has difficult bending down or has been advised not to bend
forward. It is not recommended for people with weak hands as they may find it
difficult to get tights onto the aid.


Length (gutter): 229 millimetres (92 inches)
Length (cord): 920 millimetres (36 inches)
Weight: 106 grams (3.7 ounces)


Alternative to: Sock/stocking aid (page 17)


Features
      A flexible polythene gutter with notches holds the sock in place,
       attached to cotton tapes to pull it up.


Cleaning
Clean with warm water and household detergent. Wipe dry thoroughly. Do not
clean in a washing machine.


Delivery
We will deliver this item by mail.


Documentation
This item will come with an instruction leaflet
Urinal (for females)
Item URINA001


This urinal is suitable for a woman who has difficulty getting to the toilet.


Capacity: 1litre (1.75 pints)
Length: 320 millimetres (12.6 inches)
Width: 110 millimetres (4.3 inches)
Height: 145 millimetres (5.7 inches)
Weight: 160 grams (5.6 ounces)


Features
      Clear polypropylene
      Integrated handle
      Anatomically shaped opening.


Cleaning
Clean with warm water and household detergent. Wipe dry.


Delivery
This item is delivered by a driver. The equipment service will call you in
advance to arrange a suitable time.


Documentation
This item will come with an instruction leaflet.
Urinal (for males)
Item URINA004


This urinal is suitable for a man who has difficulty getting to the toilet.


Capacity: 1litre (1.75 pints)


Features
      Translucent polythene
      Secure fitted cap
      Flat base for stability.


Cleaning
Clean with warm water and household detergent. Wipe dry.


Delivery
This item is delivered by a driver. The equipment service will call you in
advance to arrange a suitable time.


Documentation
This item will come with an instruction leaflet.
Walking stick (adjustable)
Item WALK1010


The walking stick will give you extra stability to help you walk.


Height: 720-1000 millimetres (28-39 inches)
Height increment: 25 mi llimetres (1 inch) steps
Weight: 360 grams (12.7 ounces)
Weight capacity: 125 kilograms (20 stones)


Features
      Anodised aluminium-alloy tubing for lightness and strength
      Adjustable height shaft with anti-rattle sleeve
      Contoured, one-piece moulded handgrip
      Non-slip rubber ferrule (foot) for safety
      DHSS approved and tested to BS5205.


Uses spare part
19 millimetres ferrule: FERRU002 (page 8)


Cleaning
Clean with hot water and household detergent. Wipe dry thoroughly.


Delivery
This item is delivered by a drive r. The equipment service will call you in
advance to arrange a suitable time.


Documentation
A booklet will be supplied with this item explaining how to adjust the height.
Adaptations
Banister


Extra support to help you walk up or down stairs.


Features
      Rounded wooden rail
      May run the full length of the staircase or extend an existing banister
      Fixed to the wall adjacent to the staircase
      Unpainted.


Selection guidelines
We will not provide a banister if you have previously removed one for
aesthetic reasons. If your request is for two banisters, please request a
professional assessment (our details are later in this brochure).


Ordering
      Before placing a request to the equipment service for a banister you
       will need permission from all owners of the property to install it
      When placing a request, please tell us the number of steps it must
       cover.


Installation
This will be installed by an authorised tradesperson.
Grabrail (plastic, indoor)


A grab rail will help you to balance and/ or support yourself.


Alternative to: Grabrail (steel, indoor) (page 25)


Sizes
Length (overall) 375, 525 millimetres (15inches, 21inches)
Clearance 520 millimetres (2inches)
Diameter (rail) 32 millimetres (1.25inches)
Width (plate) 75 millimetres (3inches)


Choices and codes
Grabrail 375 millimetres (plastic, indoor): GRABR004
Grabrail 525 millimetres (plastic, indoor): GRABR005


Features
       Rigid plastic tubing for indoor use only


Selection guidelines
       Suitable for additional support when sitting in or rising from a toilet, or
        getting in or out of a bath or shower
       Suitable for attaching to an internal wall or door jamb near one or two
        steps.


Ordering
       Before placing a request to the equipment service for a grab rail you
        will need permission from all owners of the property to install it.


Installation
This will be installed by an authorised tradesperson.
Grabrail (steel, indoor)


A grab rail will help you to balance and/ or support yourself.


Length (overall) 460 millimetres (18 inches)
Clearance 40 millimetres (1.6 inches)
Diameter (rail) 25 millimetres (1 inch)
Width (plate) 38 millimetres (1.5 inches)


Alternative to: Grabrail (plastic, indoor) (page 24)


Features
      Tubular steel with flattened ends
      Coated in white PVC.


Selection guidelines
      Suitable for attaching to an internal wall or door jamb
      Not suitable for use in a bathroom.


Ordering
      Before placing a request to the equipment service for a grab rail you
       will need permission from all owners of the property to install it.


Installation
This item will be installed by an authorised tradesperson.
Grabrail (steel, outdoor)
Item GRABR003


A grab rail will help you to balance and/ or support yourself.


Length: 365 millimetres (14 inches)


Features
      Steel tubing for use outdoors.


Selection guidelines
      Suitable for attaching to an external wall or door jamb near one or two
       steps.


Ordering
      Before placing a request to the equipment service for a grab rail you
       will need permission from all owners of the property to install it.


Installation
This item will be installed by an authorised tradesperson.
Handrail (steel, outdoor)


A grab rail will help you to walk up or downstairs outside.


Features
      Steel tubing for use outdoors
      Painted black.


Selection guidelines
      We normally provide a handrail for only one entry to the home and for
       one side of the steps only. If your request is for two handrails, please
       request for a professional assessment (our details are later in this
       booklet)
      We do not provide handrails for paths.


Ordering
      Before placing a request to the equipment service for a handrail you
       will need permission from all owners of the property to install it
      Please specify the number of steps the handrail must cover.


Installation
      This will be installed by an authorised tradesperson.
      The installed handrail must not block a public walkway.
Newel rail
Refer to list below for code


A newel rail will help you to negotiate the turn of a staircase


Length: 686 millimetres (27 inches)
Weight: 720 grams (1.6 pounds)
Diameter: 25 millimetres (1 inch)
Clearance: 75 millimetres (3 inches)


Choices and codes
Right-handed newel rail: NEWEL001
Left-handed newel rail: NEWEL002


Features
      Provides support on two sides of the Newel post so you don’t need to
       let go
      White, epoxy coated steel tubing
      Available in right- and left-handed versions, which are not
       interchangeable.


Selection guidelines
      The newel post should be strong enough to support a rail.


Ordering
      Before placing a request to the equipment service for a newel rail you
       will need permission from all owners of the property to install it.
      When placing a request for a newel rail, please specify if you need one
       that is left- or right-handed.


Installation
This will be installed by an authorised tradesperson.
How to contact us


Occupational Therapy Self Selection Service
East Lothian Council
6-8 Lodge Street
Haddington
East Lothian
EH41 3DX


Telephone: 0845 603 1576
Email: communitycare@eastlothian.gov.uk


Versions of this leaflet can be supplied in Braille, large print, on audiotape or
in your own language. Please phone the Public Information Officer on 01620
827 199.

				
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