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Mobility Aids and Home Adaptations on Hospital Discharge

If you have mobility issues and would benefit from home adaptations or mobility equipment, you will need to be assessed by an occupational therapist (OT). Your ward nurse, key worker or a liaison nurse can arrange for an OT to visit you if this hasn’t already happened as part of a needs assessment.

Once an OT has assessed your needs, they’ll arrange for any mobility aids or other equipment needed to be available when you go home.

Remember that home adaptations may take longer to organise, so as long as it’s deemed safe to go home, you might be discharged on the basis that the adaptations will be carried out once you're home.

You might have to pay for these services, depending on your savings or income. A financial assessment will be undertaken by the local authority if you are deemed to be eligible for care following a needs assessment.

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