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Sensory team assessment

janer1967
janer1967 Member Posts: 15,112 Disability Gamechanger
Finally after a very long wait had my home visit today 

Got some good solutions and gadgets to help me around the house 

They are coming out again with a mobility expert to see if they can come up with anything to get me out of the house a bit more 

Was a worthwhile visit 

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  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 12,265 Disability Gamechanger
    Very pleased to read that, just sorry you had a long wait. Hopefully they come up with a way of getting you out of the house more too.
  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 6,663

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    Great news @janer1967, hopefully this is the start of some positive change for you. 

    When I finally had an assessment from my local sensory team it was a super spring board for building up my confidence. 

    I attend something known as a visual aids appointment every year which is for me to check out any new gadgets that might be of use to me, will you have something like that going forward?
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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 15,112 Disability Gamechanger
    @Ross_Scope yes they did mention a referral to something similar where it is like a library of gadgets that you loan and can change if your needs change 

    Got to get consultant to refer next time I see him 

    They are wanting to see if they can build my confidence to go out on my own even if its just to the coffee shop a short distance away 

    Obviously being in a wheelchair as well is the challenge to make sure I would be safe operating my power chair with little vision 
  • lisathomas50
    lisathomas50 Member Posts: 5,498 Disability Gamechanger
    Glad your getting the help you need 
  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 6,663

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    Speaking from experience those visual aids appintments can be very useful @janer1967 so I would certainly recommend them if you get offered the chance. I've received all sorts of stuff that I never knew I needed.

    Hopefully they can help you with your mobility too, keep us updated about how things go :) 
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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 15,112 Disability Gamechanger
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Member Posts: 3,491 Disability Gamechanger
    Positive home visit, hopefully the gadgets help as well
  • Ami2301
    Ami2301 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,946 Disability Gamechanger
    Glad to hear it went well @janer1967 :) Thank you for mentioning about the visual aids appointment @Ross_Scope I remember attending one at my general hospital when I was under the sensory team. However, you've just made me realise I have not had an appointment with them since 2017 - well overdue I think!
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  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Posts: 8,845 Connected
    Do we need to distinguish here between a visual aids appointment and a low vision assessment?

    The LVA is the one which offers a limited set of aids on loan and is organised through your hospital or local optician. Usually a one off and you have to request further appointments.

    A visual aids appointment is a trip in as described above to visit and try out a much wider set of aids which may well change frequently. You can set this up annually or as one off.

    Ideally you’d want to do both.

    Also, do you use public transport? Anyone mentioned bus hailers?
  • Ami2301
    Ami2301 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,946 Disability Gamechanger
    Ah, thanks Mike, I thought they were both the same.
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  • MarkM88
    MarkM88 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 2,944 Disability Gamechanger

    Also, do you use public transport? Anyone mentioned bus hailers?
    Could I find out a bit more? 
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 15,112 Disability Gamechanger
    @mikehughescq the assessment I had was from part of social services where they visit the home and assess your home bit like care needs assessment but focused on vision 
    Looking at lighting , kitchen appliances,  reading . The brought dark glasses and examples of magnifiers and the bump dots for oven and appliances 

    From your explanation she was talking about getting referred for visual aids appointment 

    I don't use public transport too much with the wheelchair as well 
  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Posts: 8,845 Connected
    @janer1967 I was aware you’d had a sensory assessment. What isn’t clear is what the next appoint is. Is it an LVA or is it the type of thing described by @Ross_Scope. You need to know as they are very different things. An LVA offers far fewer options for loan than the other type albeit with the latter there’s often an expectation you’ll pay for yourself. So, you may want to clarify exactly what it is so you can temper your expectations accordingly.
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 15,112 Disability Gamechanger
    @mikehughescq thanks no appt sorted yet as I have to get referral but now you have explained I will make sure I get right one 

    The next appt I mentioned is same sensory team but with mobility specialist as well to see any help with getting out as the cane training isn't really applicable 

    Thanks for explaining it all 

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