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Re: Can a care agency refuse to use equipment implemented by OT

Posted: Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:59 pm
by leah_1902
Sall the Bibliophile wrote:
Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:16 pm
Possibly, possibly not, it will depend on if they go with the majority.
Well either way good luck! Is it possible to show them pictures or not?

Re: Can a care agency refuse to use equipment implemented by OT

Posted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 10:29 am
by Sall the Bibliophile
I wondered at filming the shower, yet to find a way to stop lens steaming and thus preventing any picture. Time will tell on this I think.

Re: Can a care agency refuse to use equipment implemented by OT

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:06 pm
by Sall the Bibliophile
Sadly the shower chair is inappropriate for Nan's needs thus we are back to where we started. The worst offending carer is now on holiday for two weeks so we have a little time now to work out the next move between care agency/OT and ourselves. The care agency are in favour of the hour visit it's just persuading some carers to actually use it.


Thank you so much for your support, it means an awful lot and I will apologise now incase I come back with strange questions as we move forward with this.

Re: Can a care agency refuse to use equipment implemented by OT

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:29 pm
by leah_1902
Sall the Bibliophile wrote:
Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:06 pm
Sadly the shower chair is inappropriate for Nan's needs thus we are back to where we started. The worst offending carer is now on holiday for two weeks so we have a little time now to work out the next move between care agency/OT and ourselves. The care agency are in favour of the hour visit it's just persuading some carers to actually use it.


Thank you so much for your support, it means an awful lot and I will apologise now incase I come back with strange questions as we move forward with this.
Can you request another one? Thanks for the update! My suggestion is to ask the occupational therapist to help you.

Re: Can a care agency refuse to use equipment implemented by OT

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:49 pm
by Sall the Bibliophile
Yes another one has been requested, it's just waiting now on what, when etc. One of those time will tell things I guess.

Re: Can a care agency refuse to use equipment implemented by OT

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 5:04 pm
by Rosemary_1706
I'm curious as to why the shower chair didn't suit your nan's needs?

Re: Can a care agency refuse to use equipment implemented by OT

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:56 am
by Sall the Bibliophile
She's unable to sit in it, the height is too high and cannot be adjusted but also the biggest problem is the depth {front to back} which cannot be altered either. The only way she can sit on it is perch on the very edge which isn't safe. I'm not overly sure there will be a solution to this as even with an adjustable height the depth will be a major issue.

We have the same depth issue with toilet seats, dinning chairs, arm chairs in fact all chairs because of a fixed hip, there is no movement at all in her left hip joint and as it's cause is TB a new hip isn't possible as it also impacts the femur. The femur was unable to grow because of the TB too so one leg is shorter than the other. This means that hoisting her further back into the chair wouldn't work either as it would force the joint, break the hip/femur and cause more problems. A pillow wouldn't help as the depth is too great and even if I could afford to purchase it Dad {whose so far been great at adapting furniture} seems to think little can be done to make it suitable.

The OT is currently on leave so we have some time to work out what to do next.

Re: Can a care agency refuse to use equipment implemented by OT

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:14 am
by Rosemary_1706
Oh, my, that is unfortunate! Thank you for explaining. It would be best for the OT to visit. Would some sort of bathroom remodeling help. Extreme I know but I think sometimes the LA might pay?

Re: Can a care agency refuse to use equipment implemented by OT

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:06 am
by Sall the Bibliophile
we have had a bathroom remodel it's now a wet room kitted out with lots of rails...to be honest I fear it's not so much an equipment issue as carer issue, they rush and won't use the allotted hour and don't wait for Nan to stand and be holding the rails. I blocked one but it's almost like a "cold" one does it and the rest copy.

Re: Can a care agency refuse to use equipment implemented by OT

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:16 am
by Rosemary_1706
It does look that way. Can you ask the OT to come out for a morning call and observe what the carers do? Mum had the OT visit on see if mum could use the sit to stand device. Whilst there, the OT also trained the carers (well the two who were there!).