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A person in a wheelchair shakes hands with someone handing over the keys to their home illustrating the home adaptations that can be made after serious injury

When a person suffers from a catastrophic injury, it can affect their daily lives and alter their physical and emotional needs.

The best thing for someone who has suffered a life-changing injury is for them to have access to the treatment they need and to be able to live their life as independently as possible, with a view to returning to their pre-accident levels of functioning.

Making possible adaptations to a home ensures the injured party can regain their independence. Equipment may be needed to aid recovery, assist mobility, or to help with daily tasks that may be a little more difficult following injury. Ensuring the right adaptations are made to a home, can not only assist the injured party physically, but mentally as well as helping family members in coming to terms with life changing events.

What should be assessed to find the best adaptations?

To ensure the correct equipment and adaptations are sourced, it’s important to fully understand the needs of the injured party and their present levels of functioning. A detailed Care, Aids and Equipment report is necessary to provide an understanding of the claimants past, present and future care needs.

Our associates will take into account the records and reports available to them, including how the claimant functioned before the index event, looking at their past medical history, and any care received. However, it’s not only medical information that is important… it’s also crucial to understand the daily life of the injured party pre-accident.

What job did they have? What hobbies did they have? How active were they? All this information allows a picture of pre-injury life and can give a clear indication of what ‘normal’ was and therefore our associates can ascertain a claimant’s future goals.

Having given an accurate account of a claimant’s past, our associates look at a claimants present care, how life is now, post-accident. Again, taking into account the medical facts in respect of present day and how the index event has affected day to day life in comparison to how it used to be, such as: what are the struggles faced? How is it affecting family life? How is it affecting work? Detailing all important aspects of the injured party’s life, can ensure that any care needs at the present time are taken into account, giving an accurate portrayal of their current circumstances.

Lastly, looking into the future; using the information gained from the claimant’s assessment as well as from records provided our associates are able to provide an insight into a claimants future care needs as well as any aids and equipment needed. This includes assessing how long the injury might affect the individual, how long treatment might be needed for, and importantly what the costs for this are.

With all these care needs compiled, recommendations may now be made for the adaptations best suited.

A person in a wheelchair shakes hands with someone handing over the keys to their home illustrating the home adaptations that can be made after serious injury

What type of adaptations are often made to a home?

Brain injuries can affect people in different ways, behaviourally, cognitively, physically, or psychologically. Adaptations must be heavily focused on returning the claimant to as near as possible their pre-injury state taking into account their abilities post injury.

Here is a list of common household devices and equipment that may be recommended:

  • A commode (a chair with hidden toilet)
  • A raised toilet seat
  • A slip mat for the shower or bath
  • Easy to turn handles for taps
  • Knives and forks with easy hold handles
  • Bed grab rail
  • Leg lifters
  • Reclining chairs

Larger changes may be required for those with long term conditions, to provide the injured party with more opportunity for independent living such as:

  • An adapted vehicle
  • Stair lift
  • Making doorways wider
  • Lowering work surfaces
  • Installing ramps

The goal is to ensure that the injured party can maximise their potential for independent living in the future and be provided with the tools they need to live life to the full as much as possible.

Here at Tessa Gough Associates it’s our job to ensure claimants are assessed fairly for their care, equipment and rehabilitation needs to ensure life can be lived and enjoyed to the highest possible standard.


About Tessa Gough

Established in 1987, Tessa Gough Associates was founded by expert nurse, Tessa Gough. For over 30 years our nationwide network of associates have provided unrivalled quality assessments. We are independent and provide impartial clinically evidenced reports that provide a balanced assessment and clear pathway for the future.

Our network of highly experienced associates can provide a complete range of independent expert witness reports and case management services across a range of disciplines and specialist areas.

Read more about Tessa Gough Associates.

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