Living Made Easy… or Not?

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A friend recently told me that she had just asked for an occupational therapy (OT) assessment and was told it would be a six-month wait.

For those that are fortunate enough to not know what an OT assessment is, I can explain that it’s a meeting with professionals to see what aids and adaptations an individual might need to maintain their independence when becoming disabled or seriously unwell. It can be anything from walking aids to commodes, shower chairs to special cutlery. One thing you can be sure of is that it isn’t something people forced to ask for help can generally wait for.

We aren’t blaming the services. It’s clear that the help we have relied upon for a long time has become stretched to capacity and beyond. Which is why we were interested to hear about a new service that has just become available.

Funded from the Regional Integration Fund (RIF), the West Wales Care Partnership has created a website called AskSara which aims to help people to continue to live independently in West Wales.

This online self-help guide, https://wwcp.livingmadeeasy.org.uk/, allows people to ask a question and receive links to information and resources that may be useful. Through an online form, the site creates a personalised report with advice on what that individual needs and how to access support. This report can be shared with care workers, family and friends if necessary.

I did try asking the site a couple of questions, the first about external stairs. The site seems easy to navigate but unfortunately it couldn’t deal with the issue I asked about (it has no space for queries on external staircases, only internal ones) and I was advised to contact social services. We asked another question about getting on and off the loo, a common issue that affects Independence. The  advice was to contact social services for an occupational assessment.

We at Pembrokeshire.Online are curious to hear from anyone who has used the service. Has it been helpful?

Kitty Parsons

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