Disability Advice & Information in Peterborough

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Peterborough Adult Social Care

  01733 747474

Equipment and Adaptations

The local authority have a statutory obligation to carry out an assessment of your needs. The assessment is carried out by the Occupational Therapy team, who will complete an assessment in your home environment and provide expert advice on equipment and adaptations which may help you retain your independence and help you stay at home.

They can help you to accommodate your impairment or condition by supporting you to learn or relearn the skills necessary for daily living. This may involve setting goals around your difficulties and working towards these to increase confidence, safety and independence. In some cases, Occupational Therapy staff may need to give advice suggesting alternative practical ways of doing things.

Once your assessed needs have been identified for example bathing, dressing, climbing stairs or preparing food, arrangements for the appropriate minor adaptations and or equipment will be provided. Specialist equipment may be given on a long term loan basis and therefore not chargeable. Advice on minor pieces of equipment will be given but not always provided.

If you have a hearing impairment, you can get suitable hearing aids through the NHS. Your GP will refer you to a hospital consultant who, if necessary, will then send you to the hearing clinic, where the appliance will be fitted and supplied free of charge.

If you are blind or partially sighted, your Rehabilitation Worker, from Peterborough Adult Social Care, may supply items such as a white stick and/or cane, a timepiece, equipment to help you with signing and writing, a money sorter, a liquid level, a pill sorter, basic sunglasses and eye droppers.
Tel 01733747474

Hand magnifiers and complex glasses can be prescribed by the hospital at the Low Vision Clinic Referral is via an Ophthalmic Consultant.
Tel 01733678000 

Hospital Occupational Therapists can help you find practical solutions to overcome some of the problems that have been caused by your illness/disability if you are in hospital (before discharge). There are many items of equipment designed to help make daily tasks and mobility easier, safer and generally help with your independence once you are home.

Contact Hospital Occupational Therapists.Tel 01733678000

Medical equipment If you need equipment for medical and nursing care at home, it is supplied through the NHS. This can include specialist beds, commodes, crutches, walking frames. You will need to contact your G.P. Most of this equipment is provided free of charge but a returnable deposit may be charged.

To return equipment that has been provided for you call 08451213456 and the company will collect your items free of charge.

Nebulizers are not usually provided by the NHS. Certain charities can provide funding for Nebulizers, for example NARA tel 01604494960

Safe in your own home there are various devices and monitors linked to Community alarm systems that are available from Peterborough  Adult Social Care 01733747474

Lifeline Cross Keys Homes provides a 24-hour emergency community alarm service known as Lifeline. It is available every day of the year and covers a 50-mile radius of Peterborough.

As part of the alarm service, you have a special button or wear a pendant. If you need help, you simply press the button or pendant, which automatically contacts our 24-hour control centre.

Fully-trained operators will assess the situation and decide what type of help you need. This could be one of the emergency services, a family member or our 24-hour mobile warden service.

Lifeline benefits anyone who feels vulnerable living at home and can help support people of all ages. For example, it can help young children with severe asthma or epilepsy, disabled people and people with illnesses such as Multiple Sclerosis or Motor Neurone disease.

To find out more call 01733385100

or email:   lifeline@crosskeyshomes.co.uk

Aids and Equipment for Children The Local Authority is responsible for providing equipment for daily living and non-medical needs. Your health authority is responsible for providing equipment to meet nursing or medical needs. Equipment to help a child access the  school curriculum may be arranged by a school or local education authority. Contact Peterborough City Council on 01733747474 and ask to be put through to the Children with Disabilities Team.

Advice DIAL/ Disability  Peterborough is a registered disability user led charity with over 30 years of experience in providing a host of specialist services for people with a physical disability. The services are developed and based on lived experience of disabled people who run the services at all levels. They provide specialist information, advice and case work for local disabled people, promoting independence and choice.

Tel 01733265551

The Disabled Living Foundation (DLF), produces a pack of 24 publications on equipment, each dealing with a specific subject area. This is available in the main library. The DLF also has a Help line: Open 10:00 am 4.00 pm weekdays.

Tel: 08451309177

REMAP UK –. REMAP UK is a voluntary organisation comprising engineers and people with medical and paramedical skills. They give their services free to design and produce individual devices when commercial products are not available. Local contact, Ian Tanner Tel: 01778343236

Wheelchairs

There are various styles of wheelchairs: – from the manual type which you propel yourself or with the help of an attendant, to battery powered chairs.

Scooters which can travel on the pavement at a speed up to 4 mph and the larger ones which can travel on the road at up to 8 mph are NOT provided by the NHS.

If your GP considers that you need a wheelchair, he will refer you to the Wheelchair Clinic at Peterborough  City Hospital.

Shopmobility has wheelchairs for hire for holidays etc. for their current rates.

Tel: 01733313133

Whizz-kidz, is a registered charity which provides wheelchairs, mobility aids and wheelchair training for children. Tel: 02072336600

Buying specialist equipment,  it is always advisable to seek advice and the opportunity to try  the equipment before purchasing.

Bentley Nursing Supplies, Unit 2, Benedict Square,  Peterborough, PE4 6GD

stock a range of nursing supplies and disability equipment Tel: 01733555838

Boots also have a small stock of aids and equipment as well as a mail order catalogue. Tel: 01733312211

Cura Seating 26b North Street, Stilton, Peterborough call themselves “ The Big Chair Company.” They are manufacturers of barriatric & made to measure rise & recliner chairs Tel: 01733 243933 Can arrange home visit in some circumstances

Royal National Institute for Blind People design and sells products, through mail order, for people who have difficulty because of sight loss. Advice and leaflets covering a wide range of subjects are also available. Tel: 08457023153

The Mobility Aids Centre, 88d South Street, Stanground, Peterborough Supply, service and install equipment for the elderly and disabled people Tel: 01733344930

Tansor Assessment Centre, Fotheringhay Road, Tansor, Peterborough, Sell a range of equipment for people with disabilities and have a qualified Occupational Therapist on site.Tel 01832226055 for an appointment.

ROMPA is a leading marketer, designer, manufacturer and installer of products, services and concepts for people of all ages with sensory impairments and learning disabilities. Tel: 08000562323

Nottingham Rehab offer a comprehensive range of over 2,000 disability aids and products, these include their own developed and exclusive products

Tel: 03451218111

VAT exemption for disabled or long-term ill people

If you are chronically sick or disabled and are purchasing goods or services that have been specifically designed to help with your condition or disability, you will not have to pay VAT on them provided they are for your own personal or domestic use. You do not need to be officially registered as disabled to be eligible.

To qualify for VAT relief a person must be ‘chronically sick or disabled’, i.e. they must:

Have a physical or mental impairment that has a long-term and severe effect on their ability to carry out everyday activities, or
Have a condition that doctors treat as a chronic sickness (e.g. diabetes), or
be terminally ill

Copies of the leaflet “VAT Relief’s for People with Disabilities 701/02 ” and further advice is available from the National VAT Advice Service tel: 0845 3020203

10.1 VAT Eligibility declaration by a disabled person

Please note there are penalties for making false declarations
Customer If you are in any doubt as to whether you are eligible to receive goods or services zero-rated for VAT you should consult Notice 701/7 VAT reliefs for disabled people or contact our National Advice Service on 0845 3020203 before signing the declaration.
I (full name) ……………………………………………………………………
of (address) ……………………………………………………………………
……………………………………………………………………………………..
declare that:
I am chronically sick or have a disabling condition by reason of: (give full and specific description of your condition);
and that
I am receiving from: (name and address of supplier)

* the following goods which are being supplied to me for domestic or my personal use:(description of goods)

* the following services to adapt goods to suit my condition: (description of services and goods)

* the following services of installation, repair or maintenance of goods:
(description of services and goods)

* the following alterations to my private residence:
(description of alteration)

* the services of monitoring a personal alarm call system
and I claim relief from value added tax.
……………………………………………………………………..(Signature)
………………………………………………………………………….. (Date)
Fill in form and hand to trader of goods or services

Supplier
I (full name) ……………………………………………………………………….
of (address) ……………………………………………………………………….
…………………………………………………………………………………………
am supplying to the person named above:
* the following goods:
(description of goods)
* the following services of adapting goods:
(description of services and goods)
* the following services of installation, repair or maintenance of goods:
(description of services and goods)
* the following alterations to a private residence:
(description of alteration)
* the services of monitoring a personal alarm call system
for the personal use of the disabled person.
…………………………………………………………………….. (Signature)
……………………………………………………………………………. (Date)
*Delete words not applicable
Note
You should keep this declaration for production to your VAT officer. The production of this declaration does not automatically justify the zero-rating of the supply. You must ensure that the goods and services you are supplying qualify for zero-rating.