Mrs N has lived in her current home for the past 3 years with her mother who is 91 years old. She is partially sighted and both are wheelchair users. Following ill health an OT assessment was recommended for further support within her home. Mrs N was extremely worried and concerned about the welfare of both herself and her mother because they had difficulties gaining access in and out of the property. Following the OT assessment it was recommended that the property be adapted to meet their needs. The OT raised concerns regarding adaptations to property because she felt the property could not be adapted for the use of 2 wheelchairs. Mrs N and her mother may have to move to a more suitably adapted property. Mrs N became extremely distressed and did not know what to do. She felt no one was listening to her.

The advocate spoke to the Mrs N about her options and what she would like to do. She stated she would like to stay in her own home. She felt the adaptation could be completed. She was very concerned about her mother’s health and having to move at her age. The advocate supported Mrs N by contacting the head of Occupational Therapy and recommended a second opinion regarding adaptation to the property. I   explained my client and her mother were extremely vulnerable and she had demonstrated strong and clear views on where she would like to live. She did not want to move to another home.

Following several professionals meeting adaptation works for client to have access in and out of her property was approved. Without the involvement of a professional Community Advocate, Mrs N would have been moved to another home, losing her independence and freedom of choice.