We have received feedback from a number of people who didn’t think they could get help from Care Wellbeing and Inclusion Fund. As they all found out this is not the case! Here are a couple of case studies highlighting our work.
Case Study 1
We were approached by the daughter of a nuclear veteran with concerns about her father’s mobility, she explained that both her mother and father were very alert and mentally active but that they were suffering the rigours of decreasing physical ability.
The initial application was just for a mobility scooter however the fund team managed to get the veteran to agree to an Occupational Therapist assessment. We have reproduced the provision recommendations from that report, they speak for themselves.
Provision of a mobility scooter similar to a Veo Sport
Mobility has deteriorated significantly over the past year. He has a disabled parking badge but even with this, he is often unable to park close enough to facilities he needs to access. He is reliant upon his family to transport him directly to the entrance of facilities. The provision of a mobility scooter would allow him to be able to access local facilities independently. A mobility scooter which can be transported in a vehicle will also enable him to accompany his family on days out and on holiday.
Provision of a four wheeled walker
He has fallen whilst in his garden. His indoor and outdoor mobility are impaired due to arthritis.
The provision of a four-wheeled walker would provide additional support for him whilst mobilising and allow him to sit down to rest as required when mobilising.
Provision of a rail right side descending on the steps to the
The provision of a rail right side descending on the steps to the back access. This will provide two stable points of support for the beneficiary as he ascends and descends the steps reducing his risk of falling. It is recommended that the rail be approximately 800 mm apart from the existing rail and built to the same height as the existing rail. The length of rail is to be the same as the existing rail which is approximately 500 mm in length.
The provision of two adjoining profiling beds.
The provision of a profiling bed will enable the beneficiary to sit himself up in bed from lying to facilitate independent bed transfers. It will also enable him to easily adjust his position in bed to achieve a comfortable sleeping position and improve the quality and quantity of his sleep, whilst allowing him to continue to share the bed with his wife. A profiling bed will also assist the beneficiaries spouse with her bed transfers and bed mobility.
With the justification of having a professional assessment, the Grant Panel were able to authorise the provision of these measures and both the veteran and his wife are now benefiting from these adaptations.
Case Study 2
We were approached by a veteran who had self funded much of the adaptations they needed. Living with his wife in a self owned property and suffering impaired mobility due to replaced knees, hip and spinal damage. He encounters difficulty with steps, rough ground and inclines, hearing issues also affect his balance and sitting posture was increasing pain.
After being visited by a care solution provider he had been advised of a riser recliner massage chair which cost £6,376.
Thankfully before signing the paperwork for the chair he asked the NCCF for help and we were able to identify a superior chair from one of our trusted suppliers which only cost £1,300!
This is not the first time we have discovered extortionate prices being quoted to people by some suppliers. Usually they have come from adverts in magazines and their prices are not directly shown on their websites.
The NCCF use both CareCo: https://www.careco.co.uk/
and NRS Healthcare: https://www.nrshealthcare.co.uk/ for the majority of our disabled living aids. They provide prompt service and have a comprehensive range of products.