Pretty much from one day to another, our 13 year old son could no longer walk.
So, what do you do? You ring your service provider to inquire about a wheelchair of course.
Now these guys know our boy. He started therapy there when he was maybe four or five years old. They know the way he walks, they know his quirks. They KNOW him. I explain to the intake lady that Beaver can suddenly not walk anymore.
- Yeah, so he will need to be seen by an Occupational Therapist, who can then script a wheelchair.
- Ok, and then...
- Then we put the application in with Enable for funding...
- How long will that take, roughly?
- Oh, from application to delivery, can be up to about 18 months. Depends on the urgency. We'll see what our OT can do, they can make it clear this is quite urgent.
- Ok then. So, when can I see an OT?
- Well, the current waiting list for our OT is about six months.
- Six moths?!
- Yes, sorry, six months...
Six months to see an OT, who will measure his legs, fill in some paperwork, send it off to Enable, who will take ages to decide and fund and deliver, in maybe 18 months.
Six months to just see an OT. That's not six months to get him a wheelchair. Just six months to see an OT.
What am I expected to do with him in the meantime?