Karen Wilson can provide specialist housing and equipment advice for children and young people. Karen recently advised Emily, who has quadriplegic cerebral palsy, and was moving to a new house that needed adaptation.
With over 20 years of OT experience, Karen works alongside the client, their family and solicitors to ensure that housing adaptation and equipment provision is carried out taking the client’s needs into account. Karen will also consider the child’s future needs as they grow and develop, along with the needs of parents, siblings, and carers, to ensure safety and accessibility for all members of the family.
After Karen had worked with Emily and her family, Emily’s mum said: “I found it hard visualising the future and coming to terms with this fact …. It is the first time any major equipment was purchased and we had to look into adulthood which was hard and painful at times. The OT and supportive project manager working together made the whole experience a positive one and the adaptations were completed in an excellent time scale so we moved in on time”.
As well as offering advice on housing adaptations and equipment, Karen is also able to
- View potential properties to advise on their suitability and adaptability;
- Work alongside architects, surveyors and project managers;
- Read plans and scale drawings to advise on layouts and sizes of rooms to ensure adequate space, and make suggestions for adaptations;
- Make recommendations to the architect/project manager to meet future needs;
- Advise on specialist equipment, such as baths, hoists and lifts, and arrange demonstrations, along with regular servicing and maintenance of equipment;
- Provide support to clients, their families and legal advisers on equipment advice and decision making;
- Liaise with statutory services professionals to discuss equipment needs; and
- Work in partnership with other professionals to take into account all aspects of the child’s routine.
Emily and her family are enjoying her adapted environment in her new property. She has the correct equipment to support her and her family, and also for carers and support workers when they are required. For more information, please email Pam Foreman, Manager of the Community Rehabilitation Service: firstname.lastname@example.org