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Working with health professionals

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Rental Stairlifts frequently liaises with health professionals including physiotherapists and occupational therapists to ensure our more vulnerable customers get the best possible mobility solution for their particular needs. The following case study outlines the needs identified by Rental Stairlifts and an occupational therapist, and the solution created for Mr Johnson in Keighley.

Mr Johnson, an 84 year old gentleman, contacted us about the possibility of having a stairlift in his home, but he was not sure if that was the best solution for his mobility problems. We recommended he contacted his GP, and he was then referred for an occupational therapy assessment on behalf of the local authority.

Mr Johnson has osteoarthritis as well as diabetes and kidney failure, and needs kidney dialysis 3 times per week. The occupational therapist assessment observed how he performed a range tasks and his mobility. The assessment identified that Mr Johnson experienced some difficulty climbing the stairs and accessing and using the bath. In addition, he was tired after his kidney dialysis, and this made using the stairs even more difficult at those times. He was able to transfer in and out of an armchair independently.

The occupational therapist agreed with us that it was necessary to resolve the difficulties of negotiating the stairs to access the first floor bathroom and that a stairlift was the ideal solution. Because the stairs were of good width and Mr Johnson was able to achieve good knee flexion, the installation of a stair lift was the recommendation to allow access to his existing first floor bedroom and bathroom. The bathroom would then be adapted to provide level accessed shower facilities. This represented a more cost effective solution.

The assessment was then referred to the local authority grants department which confirmed that the client was eligible for a 100% grant. The outcome was that the client was able to access his first floor bedroom and bathroom and use the level accessed shower with ease and confirmed a satisfactory outcome had been achieved.

"I'm glad we were able to help," said sales manager John Sugden.

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