Occupational Therapy for Assistive Technology – Halton and St Helens

Description of service

It is a resource service for anyone who wants to know more about equipment for independent living. It is for people with disabilities and their carers, professionals and other organisations.

The Independent Living Centre houses permanent displays of basic and specialist equipment that assist with independence and caring. The Occupational Therapist is able to give advice, information and assessment for equipment, enabling people to make informed choices about the equipment they need.

The centre also holds regular Open Days throughout the year for equipment demonstrations. These informal open days give the opportunity to try out equipment and discuss equipment needs with companies and manufacturers of equipment for independence.

The Occupational Therapist provides training for local clinicians on the assessment and provision of equipment to enable them to maintain their competence and offer their clients and patients an effective service.


Who can access the service?

The service is primarily for residents of Halton and health and social care professionals working with residents of Halton and St Helens.


How can people access the service?

People can telephone for simple advice and information or make an appointment to see the Occupational Therapist at the centre.

Health or Social Care workers can also refer people to the service – no formal referral form required.

Local Health or Social Care professionals are also able to use the Independent Living Centre facilities to carry out specialist equipment demonstration or  assessments of their clients, e.g. with a stair lift.


Where is the service offered?

Halton Independent Living Centre.

Although the centre is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, the Occupational Therapist is available on Tuesdays to Fridays.


Contact details

Halton Independent Living Centre
Collier Street
Runcorn
WA7 1HB

Telephone: 01928 582920
Textphone Number 18001 01928 582920
Fax: 01928 582950
Email: Helen.reed@bridgewater.nhs.uk


Related websites

Remap – a national charity that makes custom made items to assist a persons independence.  The Cheshire Panel meets at Halton ILC and can be contacted through the Occupational Therapist or by the website


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