this is so that others know and understand their legal rights.
YOU DO have rights in Ireland, they are there and lets not be blinded by the facts that are placed out there in the lives of many a sick person here in ireland.
I am going to concentrate on the ones that failed me and for which i suffered very badly and because of this i want to warn others of various ways of finding out your rights.
Ok, so you or your loved one is sick or disabled or elderly and wish to apply for an adaptation grant to your home.
up until recently this grant applied for all with a disability, not just to certain brackets as those who use a wheelchair.
these included those with sensory issues, learning disabled, asperger syndrome and mental illness, they also covered problems within the living spaces that are not confined to the bath areas, they include adaptations to the whole home, whether it be the bathroom, the space, the lack of space and the various type of illness disabilities you are applying under.
If you are sick and disabled you do need advice, but be sure you know its advice you need and remember NO state body can ever tell you what you have to do to your home in order to avail of this grant aid.
there may be stipulations, but the ROLE of the Occupational therapist, and you are advised to get one on board, is just that ADVISORY, its not compulsory, there is no compulsory order for you to biff out your home according to his/her plans (HSE OT) and especially without your consent.
they have no rights in law to decide what you have to do with your home and there is no law to disallow you be present during discussion regarding your own home.
this is actually totally illegal.
they CANNOT ban you from being present at any meeting that takes place when your home is being discussed, this is illegal.
(it is also illegal if they attempt to keep you out of decision making regarding a relative, a sibling or about care or otherwise, you are the important person when it concerns you and your own family, you are not allowed be usurped by the HSE for any reason whatsoever, at all times you have legal rights to be present at meetings and your consent is enshrined in law.
they cannot ban you from the health centre for any reason whatsoever, this is a public place.
they cannot send in any plans regarding your home, any reports regarding your home without your prior approval, your input and without due regard to both your wishes and your disabilities, in total your wishes and disabilities, not concentrate on one.
Remember at all times you DO NOT have to get the public OT on board even to do the advising, you can get a private OT, and there is a short supply of public OT's so a private one is just as acceptable, at least then, the state will not collude against your wishes.
remember, its happened to me and it is illegal.
about consent: this is the national policy regarding consent on all levels of healthcare;
Know your rights.