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Hi, my name is skipjack37!

skipjack37skipjack37 Member Posts: 4 Listener
edited January 11 in Welcomes and introductions
Hello, hope everyone is coping ok. I am currently living in a first floor flat in Garston. I have been diagnosed with arthritis in my back and hips. I need a Walker to go out but I very rarely do because I can’t manage the stairs. I feel very isolated and I’m hoping this chat line will also be a lifeline for me. Best wishes to everyone. Thank you.


  • chiariedschiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 9,160 Disability Gamechanger
    edited January 9
    Hello  @skipjack37 - & welcome to this friendly community. Thank you for joining with your kind wishes, & I certainly hope we can help a little. This is a very supportive group too. I'm so sorry that you feel isolated, as many of our members do, but please do get to know some of us by joining us in our virtual 'Coffee lounge' for a chat & a little distraction; you would be most welcome, or just chat here any time. :)
    On a practical front, has anyone tried to help you with the difficulty you have with managing the stairs?
  • skipjack37skipjack37 Member Posts: 4 Listener
     Hi chiarieds thank you for replying I’m a bit out of my death it’s been so long since I’ve talked to anyone other than my partner. I really don’t know who to talk to about it I just typed in disability and scope came up I was hoping someone might have some pointers. I went on to the housing website and they mentioned an assessment by an OT but I don’t know where to start.
  • skipjack37skipjack37 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Sorry that was a mistype I meant to say depth.
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 11,199 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi there 

    You can self refer for a care needs assessment with an OT in the gov website they will come and assess you and your home and make recommendations for aids and adaptions most of which they will then supply 

    Due to covid they may not be able to visit currently 

    This will be a good starting point 
  • chiariedschiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 9,160 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi, there's some info here from the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/occupational-therapy/  Hope this may help, but any queries please get back to us, as others will be able to help.

  • chiariedschiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 9,160 Disability Gamechanger
    edited January 9
    Here's the self-referral needs assessment link mentioned above by Jane: https://www.gov.uk/apply-needs-assessment-social-services

  • skipjack37skipjack37 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Thank you both for the information I will fill in the relevant forms directly you’ve been very helpful thank you. Hope to talk again soon. Bye
  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Posts: 4,038

    Scope community team

    edited January 9
    Hello @skipjack37 and thank you for taking the brave step of joining our community!  I appreciate how daunting that can be when you aren't used to speaking with different people, but we are a kind and friendly lot, I promise :)

    How are you doing today?  If you have time, I'd recommend you have a nosey through our recent discussions.  That's a good way of seeing what we are all talking about, and if you'd like to join in feel free. 

    Let me know if you have any issues getting around the website, and I hope we can speak again soon.  
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  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 5,020

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    Welcome to the community @skipjack37 :) How have you been getting on with filling in the forms? 
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