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Rental Stairlifts frequently liaises with health professionals
including physiotherapists and occupational therapists to ensure our more
vulnerable customers get the best possible mobility solution for their particular
needs. The following case study outlines the needs identified by Rental
Stairlifts and an occupational therapist, and the solution created for Mr
Johnson in Keighley.
Mr Johnson, an 84 year old gentleman, contacted us about
the possibility of having a stairlift in his home, but he was not sure if
that was the best solution for his mobility problems. We recommended he
contacted his GP, and he was then referred for an occupational therapy assessment
on behalf of the local authority.
Mr Johnson has osteoarthritis as well as diabetes and
kidney failure, and needs kidney dialysis 3 times per week. The occupational
therapist assessment observed how he performed a range tasks and his mobility.
The assessment identified that Mr Johnson experienced some difficulty climbing
the stairs and accessing and using the bath. In addition, he was tired after
his kidney dialysis, and this made using the stairs even more difficult
at those times. He was able to transfer in and out of an armchair independently.
occupational therapist agreed with us that it was necessary to resolve the
difficulties of negotiating the stairs to access the first floor bathroom
and that a stairlift was the ideal solution. Because the stairs were of
good width and Mr Johnson was able to achieve good knee flexion, the installation
of a stair lift was the recommendation to allow access to his existing first
floor bedroom and bathroom. The bathroom would then be adapted to provide
level accessed shower facilities. This represented a more cost effective
The assessment was then referred to the local authority
grants department which confirmed that the client was eligible for a 100%
grant. The outcome was that the client was able to access his first floor
bedroom and bathroom and use the level accessed shower with ease and confirmed
a satisfactory outcome had been achieved.
"I'm glad we were able to help," said sales
manager John Sugden.
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