|Caithness Community Care Forum has
compiled this guide to physical aids available from various sources for
people in Caithness. It may well have omissions and anyone is
invited to add to the list of details about equipment that is available in
the county. Contact the Care Forum at Caithness Voluntary Group in
Wick. Tel 01955 603453 Fax 01955 603661
CAITHNESS DIRECTORY OF
Caithness Community Care Forum hope that this
directory of Physical Aids will give useful information to users of
community care services and their carers, and to those who provide such
It is set out so that information is arranged by broad category of
disability or impairment, and then by source or supplier.
Aids can be provided by grant funding, through a long or short term loan,
or by purchase. It must be emphasised that the provision of aids is
subject to a full and proper assesment of need.
Referral to the person who can carry out the assessment can be -
Through your GP.
Through the Social Work Department.
Self referral by direct contact with person or agency named in the
Contact – John Gill, Team Manager (Hearing Impairment),
Social Work Services, Slioch Buildings, Castle Street, Dingwall
TEL 01349 865262
FAX 01349 864438
Smoke Alarms (with flashing light and vibrating pads).
Flashing Light Door Chimes
Extra Loud Doorbell Chimes
Personal Loop Systems
Television Listening Devices
Vibrating Pillow Alarms
Telephone Call Indicators
Baby Alarms (with flashing light and vibrating pad)
Contact – Audiology Department, Raigmore Hospital, NHS
TEL 01463 704406
Hearing Aids and Associated Equipment. For first appointment please access
through your GP. If you already have a Hearing Aid contact the Audiology
Dept. direct. Regular clinics are held in Wick, Thurso and golspie.
Contact – Disability Employment
Adviser, Government Buildings, Girnigoe Street, Wick, Caithness, KW1 4HJ
TEL 01955 602147
Items for access to work e.g. adapted telephone/minicoms.
Contact Caithness Deaf Care,
Shore Road, Wick
TEL 01955 606170
Minicom 01955 606171
Infra Red (wire Free) Personal Sound System – with neck or loop headset
Home Loop System, with microphones (varying lead lengths).
Personal Loop System with microphone and neckloop.
Stethoscope Head Set, for use with Persoanl sound System.
Alarm Clocks with vibrating Pad and flashing Light.
Video Closed Caption Readers
Phone Display with extension bells.
Flashing Lights for Door Bells.
Smoke Alarms with Vibrator Pad.
Door Bell with portable chime.
Personal Pager with Door Bell and Telephone Alerts.
Various signed videos.
Display of a wide range of equipment for hearing impairment at the office
Caithness Voluntary Group, Wick, Caithness, KW1 5EP
TEL 01955 603453
FAX 01966 306661
Portable Loop System
Contact Miss Annette Sharland, Area Education Manager,
Education department, Rhind house, Wick, KW1 5LZ
TEL 01955 602362
Children’s – for use in school.
Our constraints and criteria limiting access to the aids are first and
foremost, they are for children in schools. There is , however, an
opportunity for people/groups/organisations who require specialised
equipment to make requests through the Caithness Educational Trust for
Contact – Disability Employment
Adviser, Government Buildings, girnigoe Street, Wick, KW! 4HJ.
TEL 01955 602147
Items for Access to work e.g. adapted computers, telephones.
Caithness General Hospital and
In patients, day hospital patients and out patients receive Occupational
therapy at the request of their Consultant or GP.
If appropriate, patients receiving Occupational Therapy will be assessed
for the provsion of small aids, equipment and housing adaptations.
Requests for equipment and adaptations are referred to Social Work
Department, Community Occupational Therapy Service.
Equipment available to disabled person after assessment
by the Occupational Therapist
Hydraulic or battery powered bath seats
Toilet seats and rails
Chair raising equipment
Bed raising equipment – but not the furniture itself
Specialised kitchen equipment
Specilaised equipment for the disabled child
Ramps for wheelchairs
Occupational Therapist assesses the needs of the disabled person.
Alterations can be made to the house, or equipment can be provided to
enhance the disabled person’s quality of life.
After the assessment has been completed, the Occupational therapst may
provide any equipment/adaptations. If however, the equipment is not in
stock, there will be an unavoidable delay before it can be supplied.
To obtain an assessment by the Community Occupational therapist please
Social Work Services, 16 High Street, Thurso KW14 8AG TEL 01847
893835 FAX 01847 896309
Social Work Services, 125/127 High Street, Wick KW1 4LR TEL 01955
605040 FAX 01955 605488
15 Lower Dunbar Street
TEL 01955 606091
Red Cross – Caithness of Branch of Highland and Western Isles
Red Cross Rooms
9 High Street
TEL 01847 895081
MRS M Masson
11 Provost Cormack Drive
TEL 01847 894426
Tapes for Blind People
St John’s Loch Improvement Association
"Wheelie Boat" on St John’s Loh for anglers in wheelchair.
Full vehicle access but must be accompanied by the ghillie. Dates –
First Saturday in April to first Saturday in September.
Lead (Linking Education & Disability)
Mrs M Coupland
Tel 01593 731 235
Assesment and possible provision of equipment for learning skills.
MacMillan Support Nurse
Caithness General Hospital
Tel 01955 605050
Nursing equipment available to patients with cancer and
other chronic illness.
Alpha X-cell Matress
Cushions/ "V" Cushions
Cancer Relief MacMillan Fund have a grant scheme available to enable any
reasonable piece of equipment to be supplied in the community to meet
Social Worker for Blind People
TEL 01593 751215
Highland Society for the Blind
TEL 01593 731215
Low vision aids e.g. Magnifier, Lighting
Daily living aids e.g. non-slip surfaces, timers, liquid level indicators
Games e.g. tactile dominoes, jigsaws, bingo numbers
Writing aids e.g. writing frame
Mobility e.g. canes (and training)
Medical e.g. pill dispenser, eye dropper
Personal e.g. bath level indicator, talking scales
Craft items e.g. leather and weaving
Compact cassettes – standard
Talking Books in cartridege format
Criteria – Individual assessed need
A comprehensive list of items provided by the Highland Society for the
Blind is available from –
Caithness Voluntary Group
23 Harbour Quay
Tel 01955 603453
British Telecom Disabled Service
Manager, Age and Disability
19A Canning street
Tel 0131 3456701
Fax 0131 345 6701
BT provide a wide range of equipmet and services for people who have
hearing, speech, sight , dexterity and mobility problems. These are
described within the BT guide for ppeoplewho are diabled or elderly.
Copies of the guide are available free of charge by dialling 150. Text
users should call 0800 243 123 and switch to CCITT setting.
The guide is also available online at www.bt.com/world/community
Caithness Voluntary Group holds a copy for perusal if you are in
The Microsoft Accessibility Web site has lots of information and free
downloads for people with disabilities.
Microsoft Accessibility www.microsoft.com/enable/