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Hi, my name is onadiet! Do I need my PA when the OT visits?

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  • onadiet
    onadiet Community member Posts: 3 Listener
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    Hello folks, my p. a. [direct payments] helps me out of bed in the morning by assisting me with a little lifting and pulling [probably not allowed- as we know] but we get by. At night it’s easier because I raise my wheelchair a bit and sort of roll into bed with her help- again this has worked fine- for the past four years. My p. a. lives not far away, and she is my long-term partner.

       I do have a hoist which she has used very occasionally for these operations which works fine but it is long-winded and frankly, I don’t like being dangled off the end of a boom.

       I’ve got progressive m.s. huh.

       Anyway, my social worker visited the other day to see how things were for me and recommended 7 half-hour afternoon visits for my p. a. and four hours to take me out socialising – very nice. However, she was clearly uneasy about my transferring situation [and I guess understandably so], but she does not know that I’ve got the use of a hoist. She has required me [in the nicest of ways] to have an OT assessment in the new year which [albeit reluctantly] I have agreed to.

    So, [and I know councils vary on their policies] is a p. a. allowed to operate a hoist by herself? And, when the OT attends do I need to have my p. a. there to demonstrate a transfer or would a talk-through normally suffice? I don’t want my direct payments stopped through unsafe practices, and I don’t want to be beholding to an incoming second p. a. dictating what time I go to bed and get up. I will drop direct payments if necessary to maintain independence. Any thoughts?

     


  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 12,125 Disability Gamechanger
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    @onadiet good evening and a warm welcome to scope and our forum, how are you today? already ready for Christmas?

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  • Hannah_Alumni
    Hannah_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,911 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hello @onadiet

    Welcome to the community! :) 

    I unfortunately cannot predict what the OT would say. I think having your PA there to explain themselves that the way they help you get up works for them and for you, would help.

    I have popped your post into our Aids, Adaptations and Equipment section of the forum. Hopefully other members who were in a similar position may be able to advise :) 

    Can I ask, does the paperwork for your hoist say whether it has to be operated by two carers? 
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  • onadiet
    onadiet Community member Posts: 3 Listener
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    Hi Hannah thank you for your reply. The guide says one person operation. I will ask my PA to be there,  thanks for reposting 
  • Hannah_Alumni
    Hannah_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,911 Disability Gamechanger
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    @onadiet That's good, will be useful to have that for the appointment too :) I hope it goes well! <3
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