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'How we helped Wendy enjoy her garden'

Wendy

Wendy * was referred to 'Therapy for Independence' as part of 100 cases commissioned from Hampshire County Council Occupational Therapy department to help reduce their waiting list. She has an above knee amputation relating to her diabetes. Her method of method of mobilising was using a self-propelling wheelchair.

An environmental assessment was completed. Although her ground floor flat had level access into the property and the bathroom had been adapted into a wet room her wheelchair was unable to go outside via the backdoor due to a high doorstep.

Not being able to use this door left Wendy being unable to enjoy the garden and she could not gain access to her allocated disabled car parking space.

With the help of 'Therapy for Independence' Wendy's back door was removed and replaced with a level access door. Her garden paths were widened to allow the width for a wheelchair and a turning space for her wheelchair was included. Wendy is now able to enjoy her garden and can get to her disabled car parking space.

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'How we helped Joe make a sandwich'

Joe

Joe*, aged 11, was referred to 'Therapy for Independence' for a series of treatment sessions to improve his self care skills by a case manager. Joe has a diagnosis of cerebral palsy and as a result he struggled to control his body movements. He was unable to hold coins of various sizes due to having reduced fine hand control. He found it difficult to pour hot drinks, to make sandwiches and to open packets.

'Therapy for independence' provided him and his family with a treatment programme with fun activities so he could develop his skills in these areas. He received regular therapy sessions at home. Joe is now able to hold and manage his money. He has learnt to make himself a drink, a sandwich and open a packet of crisps.

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* For confidentiality reason names have been changed