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    Assistance at Work / PA

    Hi,

    I work 30 hours a week and am usually office based with the ability to work from home if I’m unable to get it. Access to work provided me with a vela tango chair last year as I find it hard to get up from a standard chair (this chair electrically raises).

    I’m not in a wheelchair but can’t walk long distances, can’t easily open doors and as I said I can’t get up from normal chairs. I never go out alone, I’m always with my husband or parents and they help lift me from sitting to standing.

    Getting to the point now…for most meetings at work I can dial in remotely however they want us to get together more and we are going to be having regular department meetings at an external venue (due to the number of us and that we are over two counties). My chair can’t go in my car and the last meeting I missed (it was my non working day). If I do go I will be worrying the whole time that I can’t stand up or I’ll make a fool of myself bum in the air leaning over the table.

    Is there such thing as a workplace PA I could get through access to work or similar on those days when I do have to attend meetings. The problem is it’s very rare and it would just require getting my mobility scooter out my car (if the venues big or far from the car) and helping me stand from sitting at breaks, to go to the loo and when leaving for the day. It may also be more regular to attend other meetings but I just don’t know if it is a possibility and if others have something similar.

    saraleighuk
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    #149672
    Reply To: Assistance at Work / PA

    hi and welcome to forum.

    Yes I believe Access to Work will fund PA in work. to aid in Door opening. personal care and some work task like. your photocopying under your instruction as well as support to external meetings.

    I have been helped with powerchairs.
    adaptations to WC ie a Power rise toilet.
    Door openers on WC and external doors.

    And just applied for a power rise desk to enable me to get knees under comfortably

    You can now request assistance online via https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work/apply
    The money can pay for things like:

    adaptations to the equipment you use
    special equipment
    fares to work if you can’t use public transport
    a support worker or job coach to help you in your workplace
    a support service if you have a mental health condition and you’re absent from work or finding it difficult to work
    disability awareness training for your colleagues
    a communicator at a job interview
    the cost of moving your equipment if you change location or job

    Something else I used to get till I got my Drive from Wheelchair Accessible car was Access to work funded most of the cost of taxi to work in a Accessible Taxi. You might find the taxi funding useful. Rules have gotten tighter since I first applied they no longer seem to fund taxi if you have a mobility car regardless of fact you cants get chair in car. DOnt mention motability if they dont ask.

    If you are motability consider looking at a regular Wav that chair is kept in back to get chair about and also the full internal transfer or drive from. More support available for these big conversions if you are in work .

    Scooters. Up until Febuary this year I too used a scooter and it was lifted into boot using a hoist. This might help

    """""""What doesn't kill you makes you stronger""""""

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    #150191
    Reply To: Assistance at Work / PA

    Thank you. I got a raising desk and chair through access to work (oh that was fun! She told me to put my chair all the way down to the floor even though I said I couldn’t get up from there and she would help…by helping she meant hold her hand out for balance…queue having to be rescued by a colleague after I went flying across the room!)

    I’ll let my manager know if they do start wanting me to go to meetings I can’t access. We’re meant to be moving buildings at some point so fingers crossed when that happens everything will be in one building and accessible!

    saraleighuk
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    #150918
    Reply To: Assistance at Work / PA

    My assessor never asked me to demonstrate . she also recommended a wireless headset, key board and mouse.

    Ive now been accessed and the price falls under threshold so my employer must pay the whole amount

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