The Communities and Families Occupational Therapy team focus on a child’s home and school environments to assess where potential changes can improve participation and wellbeing. We work in partnership with the child, their parents, caregivers, and other professionals to support the child within their environments. Our team’s aim is to improve quality of life, reduce risk, increase a child’s independence wherever possible while supporting the family by providing equipment and/or adaptations at home and school
How can you refer?
You or someone you know can contact Social Care Direct.
What happens after a home assessment?
Following assessment, our team may:
- offer advice and support (e.g. safer moving and handling principles)
- provide equipment (e.g. bathing aid, supportive seating, toilet frame)
- complete a minor adaptation (e.g. handrail, star lock)
- complete a major adaptation (e.g. bathroom alterations, ramp).
Who can be referred?
You can refer a child for a home assessment if they reside in Edinburgh and are under
- 16 years old
- 18 years old and looked after and accommodated by the City of Edinburgh Council.
You can refer children in school to assess their school environment.
The child must have significant difficulties that impact on their ability to carry out everyday tasks such as:
- getting on and off a bed/toilet/chair
- getting into and out of a bath or shower
- moving around their home or school
- assessing safety within the home environment (i.e. due to limited safety awareness)
When making a referral, please let us know:
- the child’s name, date of birth and address
- the name and contact details of parents/carers
- the child’s medical conditions or diagnosis
- the difficulty the child is experiencing in their environment(s)
- the impact this is having on the child and their parents/carers/school staff
- the tenure of the property/school name.
You can order minor adaptations such as grabrails, handrails and banisters, which will be arranged to be delivered and installed in your house free of charge.