The children’s social care occupational therapy service (SCOT) is for children and young people (aged 0-19 years) with long term physical conditions and disabilities which impact on their ability to manage independently at home, for example those who need housing adaptations or special equipment as a result of their physical difficulties. The occupational therapist (OT) will assess the child’s needs, and may carry out assessments with company representatives to try out pieces of equipment and then order and provide any necessary equipment. As the child grows and their needs change this equipment may need to be reviewed, modified and replaced.
Social care OTs cover:
- Specialist equipment for bathing, seating, toileting, changing and dressing, sleeping
- Equipment to help movement from one place to another and manual handling - hoists and slings
- Adaptations to property such as ramp, through floor stair lifts, level access showers
Social care OTs do not cover:
- Short term needs due to hospital admissions - contact the hospital
- Equipment for safety issues or needs related to behavioural difficulties, for example window locks or stair gates - contact your social worker
- Needs related to housing overcrowding issues – contact the housing department
Referrals for social care OT input can be made through the online SPOR (single point of referral) system.