Sheffield City Council provide a new service to help disabled people

Disabled people in Sheffield will be able to live more independently thanks to a new service used to lend out special equipment.

The service also provides information and advice about the latest moving and handling techniques to operate the equipment.

The council has expanded the service by adding two extra occupational therapists and aims to help at least 120 people this year.

It will now be implemented on a permanent basis after being trialed last year.Sheffield City Council say that users have said the initiative has helped restore their dignity.

David Statham, 57, from Sheffield has had a neuro-muscle wasting condition for the last ten years. He said “It’s quite liberating, being able to sit in your own house more comfortably and not be at the mercy of your wheelchair all the time. We’re very thankful for this service.”

People are being referred to the service who are typically unable to walk across a room or get themselves to the toilet and who are often in a wheelchair or confined to their bed.

Councillor Cate McDonald said “I’m very pleased to have introduced the service on a permanent basis after the successful trial. Helping people live more independently, where they can, and with a better quality of life is something we want to do much more of.”

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