The Bedford Borough Physical Disabilities Team comprises of social workers and support workers to provide support to people over the age of 18 years up to 65 years with a physical disability.
When an initial contact is received the Team will contact the individual to complete an enhanced contact assessment to ascertain whether the individual is eligible for services. If it is deemed that they are not eligible, information and advice can be provided to signpost to appropriate services. .
The Team is able to take enquiries and referrals during the working day which is Monday to Thursday 8.45am – 5.20pm, Friday 8.45am – 4.20pm.
The Team aims to provide people with services to help them live safely and independently. This will be based on their assessment of need and eligibility for services.
The Team will work with individuals to:
The assessment can take the form of a telephone discussion and through a visit, it depending on the individual’s situation. Following the assessment a range of services may be provided. These may include:
Some examples of when the Team could arrange support include:
The services provided will be reviewed on a regular basis by the Team and changed according to the person’s presenting needs.
The Team works closely with other professionals, including GP’s, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, care agencies and other specialist services.
Carers are a priority for Bedford Borough Council because they play such a valuable role. All informal carers are encouraged to have a carer’s assessment to look at their own needs and outcomes.
The Team works with adults with a physical disability across Bedford Borough whose independence is at greatest risk if they do not receive a service. A member of the Team will assess the need for support from health and social services The assessment helps determine who is eligible for a service and helps the Team give priority as fairly as possible to those in greatest need of support.
There is no charge for the assessment. However, the worker will discuss any costs relating to the service/s identified during the assessment and will arrange for an assessment of the person’s financial situation (see Charging and Financial Assessment). The team can also assess whether there are any benefits that you are entitled to receive or request an independent assessment by our welfare rights advisor.
See also Adult Safeguarding
The Team work closely with the Safeguarding Adults Team to reduce any concerns regarding the abuse of vulnerable adults. Abuse is mistreatment by any other person that violates the person’s human and civil rights.