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Rifi7Rifi7 Member Posts: 192 Pioneering
Hi there,
Hope all are keeping well and safe.

I wondered if I am able to get some advice. I will soon be getting my flat adapted to accommodate my wheelchair. It is major works that will be taking place and the occupational therapist has suggest it might be a good idea that I stay somewhere else. She has suggested that I go to a care home while this going on but that would mean I would be confined to my room and once I come home, I would have to self isolate once in home. I would need to also have to put my dog in kennels. Firstly I’m not keen to go into care home and I definitely don’t want to put my dog in kennels. That’s is not going to happen!  I don’t have anywhere to go nearby but I do have a sister that lives in West Sussex but her place is not disabled accessible. I heard I may be able to get financial help for respite on a holiday let which is disabled accessible and where I can take my dog. Is there any help I can get and if so who do I speak to about this?
many thanks,


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    edited August 2020

    You will need to speak to your local council (social services) regarding this. I'm surprised actually that your Occupational Therapist hasn't already told you this.

    Good luck with the adaptions :)
    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 11,205 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Rifi7 Long time no see hope you have been keeping well and so glad you adaptions are about to take place

    As Poppy said I am surprised your OT didnt give you some more information. Maybe try adult social services or CAB who may be able to assist
  • Rifi7Rifi7 Member Posts: 192 Pioneering
    Hi Poppy123456,
    Thanks for the advice. Rang my social services today and just awaiting for a call back.

    Hi Janer1967,
    Thank you for asking and Yes I’ve been off the forum for a while. Unfortunately my mum passed away a few months ago on top of dealing with other stuff and it became so over whelming I retreated into myself.  Slowly I’ve been trying keep myself busy getting my flat sorted before the impending winter comes round but hope to be back on the forum a bit more often.  I see a few of the regulars have gone. Spiceman was so lovely and helpful. Such a shame if has gone from the forum.

    As you will see from my response to Poppy123456, just awaiting a response back from social services.

  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Posts: 4,084

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    Hi @Rifi7 Lovely to meet you :) 

    I am sorry to hear about your mum passing away.  That must have been very difficult and I can understand you wanting to retreat away for a while.

    It's great to have you back on the forum and let us know how you get on speaking to social services.  
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  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 11,205 Disability Gamechanger
    @Rifi7 I am sorry for your loss very hard to lose a parent 

    I gather you have decided to stay put and not move and I hope the adaptions go well 

    Yes shame some members are absent and spice man is surely missed 

    There are still lots of the oldies around and lots newbies too 

    Remember we are always here for you
  • Rifi7Rifi7 Member Posts: 192 Pioneering
    Thanks Janer1967. Yes very difficult time. I was very close to mum.

    I really had little option but to stay but will be happy to just get the adaption done and settle before the winter comes.

    Glad to see you still on the forum and I’m sure a lot of people are on holiday.

    Life for me is a bit up and down with all that’s happened on top of Coronavirus, so it’s nice to know there’s a come to chat.

    Thank you.
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,653 Disability Gamechanger
    I'm glad you can reach out to us @Rifi7, I hope you're having a good day. :)

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