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Transport Problems

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Hi bowlingbun. You'll likely know the rules on discharge anyway but the hospital OT should have sorted all this out before the discharge.
Yes, but the Hospital was in Bournemouth, Dorset. Mum lives in Hampshire. Two different health authorities, one doesn't have any authority over the other. There's already been a fiasco over the ripple mattress, and the physio. Problem is it's always me left to sort everything out although, for health reasons, I'm not supposed to be doing anything at all for mum. My youngest son has severe learning difficulties, comes home every other weekend, and I'm dealing with the Ombudsman at the moment concerning some very serious issues. Between the two of them they have become a full time occupation, I'm exhausted.
Does your mums property only have the one access door?
Yes and no. It's impossible to get a wheelchair out of the back door, because of the location of the kitchen units. There are patio doors, but to get to those with a wheelchair is very difficult because the side path round the property is narrow and mum has some camellias which have grown over the path. Whilst I would happily chop these down to give better access, they are mum's pride and joy, right outside her bedroom window. It's only her love of plants and the garden which keeps her going, so I really feel I have to humour her on that one. Dad did the "right" thing years ago and reduced the earth around the property to two bricks below damp course, but that's why there are steps into it now!
Could you put the wheelchair just outside the kitchen door and get her to use her frame as far the kitchen door or is the step still a problem?

If you could get nhs transport the wheelchairs that they use to transport to their vehicles are much narrower than normal wheelchairs and the staff can usually lift them over smaller steps.

Good Luck
Bowlingbun, it makes no difference where your mum is or was: legally they had a duty to get it right. The fact that neither one was willing to get it right (and that your mum cannot be the only one who has gone through this) highlights the need for an agreed protocol to sort things out so that this sort of situation is avoided. I believe the Ombudsman can instruct them to do this.
Isn't it up to the council to construct access ramps from/to front door and back door? Access to and from buildings is a health and safety issue for residents and visitors to the property alike - in the event of (goodness forbid) a fire, for instance. We had grants to have ramps constructed from each outside door in our boogaloo, so that hubby could get out of the place either front or back in such an event.
Either speak to the council dept which deals with grants or talk to your OT and bring it up at your meeting/assessment on 5th March. Carers assessments are to see how you deal with things and you should tell them and show them about your mum's access problems, because it effects you as well.
There's no simple answer to the transport problems, other than relying on NHS transport/dial-a-ride schemes in your local area - or ..... buy a different car? (bit drastic that one).
Mum is having a chair assessment on Monday with the OT, so I'll bring it up then. Selling my Discovery is not an option. I used to drive an Escort, husband drove a Range Rover, which I only drove a few times a year. Husband died Sept 4th 2006. I was going out with a friend on Dec 4th 2006, but forgot that my Escort was full of stuff for the charity shop. Eldest son suggested I took the Range Rover instead. On the journey that followed I was hit head on by a car sliding sideways straight towards me, with no time to take avoiding action. The Range Rover was subsequently written off, beyond repair! The Police told me that if I'd been in my Escort I would have been killed. Unfortunately, the force of the impact damaged my knees forever. I went from being able to happily walk 10 miles without a problem to being in constant pain. Keyhole surgery followed in 2007, consultant told me to put off replacements as long as possible as I was only 54. First replacement 2009, second 2011, walking stick now no longer needed. From now on it's a Land Rover or nothing for me, eldest son is a Land Rover mechanic so no servicing costs, and I need a big car to tow a caravan. I've always enjoyed driving, but sometimes I am very nervous just getting behind the wheel. I hate driving round blind bends and narrow lanes. Mum can afford a taxi if required, a better solution once we can get her out of the house.
Glad ramp idea might be a solution.

Went back to beginning of thread to see when your Mum's appointment is, didn't find it but if it's very soon and you're not getting any joy from OT etc - suggest to OT that you were thinking of contacting the local paper to see if anyone could help, that might get things shifting and if you did go ahead someone local may have some suitable ramps. Would also give you the opportunity to make everyone aware of the problems being seen by two districts you never know a local MP might take up your cause. Imagining the headlines in local rag ........ Image
Good idea but mum wouldn't like it one bit! I've been doing some research on the internet and I've found some portable ramps in various sizes etc. and they look very good, so I've sent them a contact form. Whilst I know Social Services ought to provide them, top priority is getting mum's eyes sorted so that she can see clearly again. I'd love her to be able to come over to my house again too - with lightweight portable ramps it would be much easier to get her into my place too. There are a number of wheelchair accessible taxis in my area so that side of things isn't too much of a problem. Mum often forgets that I'm almost 60 and have some serious health issues of my own, a common problem with the elderly who think that they have a right to help from those younger than themselves. I'm happy to help whenever I can but didn't appreciate being woken this morning just because mum couldn't remember where a key was!!