I am now 12 weeks post-op THR and went into work today to meet the Access to Work assessor. I am hoping to go back to work full time (albeit on a phased return) next week.
Fortunately, the assessor was also a trained Rheumatology Physiotherapist, so she was very understanding.
She took a full medical history of my RA and OA and measured my legs from knee to floor, from knee to thigh, and my shoulder to elbow. She then looked at my work and desk area and observed me using the computer and phone.
She is recommending that I have a special chair to support my back and hip, an ergonomic keyboard, a special mouse, a small collapsible trolley to put stuff in if I need to go to meetings outside my building and a special cushion to take with me if I need to sit on (lower) chairs in other rooms. (I already have a foot rest). We discussed the 'Dragon Speak' software and a dictaphone, but decided to put those on the 'back burner' for the time being, although I will try out the demo CD of the Dragon software.
She will do a report of her recommendations and send this to my Disability Support Officer, who will then order the equipment. I gather Access to Work will fund half the costs and my employer has to fund the other half.
She left me her phone number to contact her if I have any further thoughts or queries about equipment..
I was very pleased indeed with the assessment.
I just thought I would share this with you in case other peeps have an assessment coming up.