The team can adjust services to suit on demand.
They make home visits and are flexible depending on school commitments and other appointments.
They are also flexible around communication and can be contacted via post, telephone or email.
The OT First Response Team is the first point of contact for initial referrals.
This service is available between 9 and 5 Monday to Friday.
If they make a visit to your home they will ask you to show them how you are currently managing everyday tasks. They may recommend a different way of doing things or suggest equipment or adaptations to assist you at home.
How can I access this service?
Parents and young people can contact the service themselves. They also accept referrals from other professionals involved in the children and young person’s care, such as social workers, Physiotherapists or GPs.
The service is provided by Southwark Council and is a statutory part of the Council’s Children’s and Adults Department.
Specialist equipment is provided on loan via the Community Equipment Stores and there is no charge. Equipment is collected and recycled when no longer required.
Adaptations and changes to the home:
For council tenants, adaptation work is funded and organised by the housing department. People who own their own home or are privately renting can apply for a Disabled Facilities grant (DFG) to fund major adaptation work.
Minor adaptations work is funded by the council. This DFG is means tested and a financial contribution may be required depending on your income.
The Council’s Home improvement Agency will assist with the grant process and organising the work.
For children under the age of 19 the grant is not means tested.
For Housing Association tenants, they will write to the Housing Association to ask them to complete all adaptation works.
Where they have insufficient funds to do major work they may want the tenant to apply for a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) for this funding.
Useful to know
The Occupational Therapists spend a lot of the day out of the office working with parents and young people. The First Response Team is available 9 – 5 Monday to Friday.
The Occupational Therapy Service will provide advice and guidance for the safe moving and handling of people, demonstrate how to use equipment and can recommend different techniques for performing daily tasks.