I’m brand new to this forum, so hello everyone and I hope you can bare with me.
I suffer from Psoriatic Arthritis (all over), Osteoarthritis (knees) and Spondyloarthropathy (spine). I’ve recently moved into a brand newly built flat and under my contract, the landlord/housing association will not allow to make any modifications to the flat without a report from an Occupational Therapist confirming my needs. As it happens, the Occupational Therapist is due out next month.
I live in a two-bedroom flat (one room for carer). I have a bathroom (bath only) a living room and a kitchen. Due to currently having no adaptations and not being able to currently use the bathroom, the cooker etc I rely on family members to help me shower/cook me dinner etc.
I was hoping to get help from people whom have already been through the assessment, know what to expect and could very kindly answer the following questions:
1) What kind of physical assessment should I expect?
2) What adaptations can and can’t they provide you with?
3) Has anyone found one adaption more beneficial than another?
4) What is the maximum amount of money they can allocate for the adaptations?
5) Has anyone upgraded and what is the general process involved?
6) If I decided to upgrade (through my own pocket) is it usually a simple case of paying the difference between the money allocated for the adaptions and money out of my own pocket?
Sorry for so many questions but the though of this is increasing my anxiety and my general mental health.
I’m also hoping other people could share their experiences. Any other advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. I hope this post will help other people as well.