Disabled Living Foundation (DLF)
Having begun a journey as a child carer for her parent affected by multiple sclerosis, Maxine gained a passion for finding solutions to support independence but also reduce her father’s frustration in his decreasing physical abilities. This followed by 25 years’ of experience in the health and social care sector. Maxine has developed the knowledge, experience and skills within the assistive technology sector and gained the MSc in Assistive Technology at Coventry University in 2013.
Currently working as the Partnership Specialist within the Disabled Living Foundation and supporting the DLF in their mission to reach 5 million people a year with their expert, impartial advice on independent living.
Trusted Assessors – emerging new roles and responsibilities
There are over 16 million people in England with longer-term health needs. Reports estimate that every decade, from ageing of the population alone, the number of people with long-term conditions will increase by over a million.. Over several decades there has been a huge increase in types of equipment and devices designed, produced and modified regularly to support and enable independence. Millions of people worldwide use assistive technology in their everyday life, but matching the right piece of equipment to the presented need, is essential in providing the correct intervention at the right time to support the independence and safety of an individual. Support for the prescription of equipment or advice on private purchase has always been an essential part of community care, but traditional resources are increasingly under pressure. The role of Trusted Assessor has drawn in a number of new roles into the provision of basic assessments in the community. How is this working and what are the implications for organisations in the future?