Little different to most posts, am not asking for any more help (not yet anyway) I am classed as 2nd carer for mum after a spell in hospital left her unable to walk or stand by herself (6 weeks and they never got her to walk up and down corridor to keep things active) She currently uses a rotunda to wheelchair then rotunda again to bed/toilet/lounge chair. I do the lifting and weightbaring (mum can hold onto rotunda for few seconds enabling me to position her) and the main carer from agency does personal care, washing dressing etc. I don't ask them to weightbare as they are not allowed. Everything has been fine, no falls or anything but for a few months now OT have been pushing for a hoist. I believe if you don't use it you lose it keep insisting that I want her standing via my help and rotunda. Came to a head 2 weeks ago when OT wanted to come out after I wanted to return knee protectors on rotunda so someone else could benefit as they were unsuitable for mum. OT came out and SW sneakily came out hour before his arrival claiming she mixed up times but am sure she did it to watch morning routine (which is fine) and look at carers notes and district nurses notes (mum has sores from scratching at night). Anyway end of visit OT started on about dangers of rotunda and if I refused the hoist again he would remove the rotunda anyway. Gobsmacked I asked to clarify that he was blackmailing me with leaving mum effectively bedbound and he confirmed that she would be bed bound without a hoist. The SW just sat there and said nothing. So I agreed to a one off trial run with a hoist as my concern is mum's reaction to being swung in a sling as with dementia every time in hoist will be her first time. The hoist turned up last Thursday and OT rang, I told him I thaught after last visit he was not impartial and asked for a different OT. He rang back and said his manager says "no" as he knows the case. I asked to speak to manager, not available, I asked for manager to call me, didn't happen. Left 4 messages for manager to ring me and never did. If the original OT and that SW (they tend to come together) turn up on Wed for this trial run I will refuse them access. So my question is can they really do that? If I refuse to use hoist they can take away rotunda and leave mum bed bound? The thing is I am saving them thousands by being 2nd carer as I will NOT use a hoist so they will then need to pay for 2 agency carers each visit I have seen the courtcase from 2003 and NHS guidelines on manual handling and possibility that denying lifting of patients could be illegal and possibly a breach of human rights on dignity and privacy but a little info can be dangerous. Any thaughts?