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The Hillingdon Centre for Independent Living

Case Studies.

Examples of how we can help

Mrs J has arthritis and is keen to remain as independent as possible. She visited HCIL and was shown a variety of kitchen aids, including a kettle tipper, cutlery, tap turners and jar openers. We assessed for and provided her with a trolley which enabled her to safely transport food and drink from the kitchen to the living room. We also made a referral to Community Physio for an assessment of walking aids.

Mr L has Dementia and is cared for by his wife. Following an assessment, we provided a raised toilet seat & frame and a bathboard so that Mrs L could help wash down her husband over the bath. Mrs L was feeling very tired from caring for her husband. With her consent, we contacted Social Care Direct to make a referral for a Carers Assessment and for an assessment for respite and day care for her husband.

Mr R visited HCIL as he was thinking of buying a Mangar bathing cushion to enable him to have a bath, but wanted to try it out first. He had poor mobility in his legs and was recovering from a fractured wrist. As he was able to use it successfully he contacted Mangar to buy one. Mr J was also thinking about buying a new chair. The staff at HCIL were able to measure him to advise what size chair he should get and suggested local stores. Mr J returned a few weeks later to try out a compression stocking applicator. Unfortunately he did not get on with it, but was very glad he had the opportunity to try it and that he had not wasted money on something unsuitable.

Miss K has Parkinson’s Disease and was interested in purchasing a riser recliner but wanted to be sure what type would be suitable for her, before contacting any retailers. Miss K visited HCIL and was shown the different types of riser recliner. We also gave her information through catalogues and websites explaining different features that may be of use to her and measured her so that she knew what size chair she needed. Miss K felt that with the independent advice she received she would not be ‘talked into’ something that would not be suitable for her.

Mr S following a stroke, was no longer able to manage climbing the stairs or access his bath. He was keen to remain living in his own home which was close to his family, friends and social club that he regular visited. Due to his amount of savings, Mr S did not meet the financial criteria for a Disabled Facilities Grant for this work to be carried out. He visited HCIL where he was able to try the stairlift and get information on stairlift companies that could give him quotes along with information and suitability of level access showers and wetrooms and what he needed to consider before contacting builders.

Mrs W found it difficult to get out of her chair and bed. We assessed her for and provided a bed lever (handle on the side of the bed) and raisers for her chair. This enabled her to keep the furniture she had, but made it easier for her to use.

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