Ask your GP or health visitor to refer you to the Children’s Therapy Service.
Your child will need to be assessed to see what equipment and home adaptations they need. Who you get an assessment from will depend on the type of equipment your child needs.
You’ll need to get an assessment from the Children’s Therapy Service (which is part of the NHS) to see what equipment your child needs to help them do things like:
- move around – for example, wheelchairs, walkers
- day-to-day activities – for example eating, drinking, seating
- play and develop
Home equipment and adaptations
You’ll need to get an occupational therapy assessment for your child to see what adaptations or equipment they’ll need at home.
Contact your social worker, if you have one, or our Children’s First Response Duty team to ask for an assessment.
Minor adaptations to your home include:
- grab rails
- door widening
Equipment for personal care
Equipment to help your child at home includes:
- specialist beds
- toilet frames
- shower seats
- changing benches
- hoists to lift and move your child
Larger adaptations include:
- level access showers
- new rooms like wheelchair accessible bedrooms
Paying for adaptations and equipment
You won’t have to pay for minor adaptations or equipment.
You child may be eligible for a Disabled Facilities Grant to pay for major adaptations. The occupational therapist can assess your child to see what they need. They’ll make recommendations to your district or city council who manage the grant.