Kate Makin, The Ability Superstore

To coincide with Occupational Therapists Week this week (1-7 November), online mobility aid retailer Ability Superstore has re-launched its virtual Occupational Therapy (OT) Assessment service in a bid to help beat waiting times in the wake of the current health and social care crisis, caused by the ongoing pandemic.

Originally launched last year to bridge the gap for many elderly and vulnerable people who were shielding to allow quick, simple access to occupational therapy assessments, the service allows people to access a professional assessment quickly and easily.

The Remote Occupational Therapy Assessment offers one-to-one time with The Ability Superstore’s resident occupational therapist, Kate Makin, who will discuss any challenges customers, or their loved ones, face on a daily basis, such as dressing, or washing.

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According to the retailer, she will work with customers to establish their needs and provide a written evaluation of any recommended minor adaptations to the home, or equipment, which could help.

Assessments will be done over the phone or via video call to suit the needs of the person being assessed (or a family member looking for advice) and cost £200, excluding VAT.

Kate Makin is a qualified occupational therapist who has worked in a wide range of settings across the NHS, as well as in the private sector, and has her own private occupational therapy service.

Kate said: “The pandemic has just highlighted some of the huge gaps in unmet need and support for families.

“People can be left without support or advice, when a quick, simple assessment can be held virtually now and I’m really excited that we can do this so quickly and easily to help improve people’s lives,

“By having a virtual assessment, you can find solutions to the hurdles of daily living – without leaving your home or having to wait.”

Earlier this year The Ability Superstore saw a flood of orders come through after its easy-pour kettle went viral on social media site TikTok after a user posted a nine-second clip praising how useful it was.

The store was created over 10 years ago by Julia Phipps, after struggling to find good products that would help her mother and father-in-law as they were getting older.

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