Occupational therapy provides practical support to enable people to facilitate recovery and overcome any barriers that prevent them from doing the activities (occupations) that matter to them. This helps to increase peoples independence and satisfaction in all aspects of life.
Occupational therapists play a vital role in helping people of all ages to overcome the effects of disability caused by illness, ageing or accident so that they can carry out everyday tasks. They will consider all your needs –physical, psychological, social and environmental.
They work closely with a variety of other professionals including doctors, nurses and other allied health professionals such as physiotherapists.
Stroke/neurology- both in patients and out patients. Occupational therapy can help people who have had a stroke to regain movement and live independently. They address the physical, cognitive and psychological challenges brought on by stroke
Medical- Occupational therapists can help with the assessment and treatment of physical challenges brought on by a medical condition .They work both in the hospital and in patients own homes.
Elderly Care-Occupational therapists can help older people to continue doing the daily activities that are important to them
Dementia- Occupational Therapy provides effective rehabilitation for patients with dementia. This includes memory services to minimise problems with remembering and improve their environment in order to compensate for their impaired memory and learning and reasoning skills. Provide help and training in undertaking daily living activities such as dressing, bathing and eating. They may also give advice to carers on how to support someone living with dementia
Orthopaedics- Occupational therapists provide a pre admission assessment prior to hip and knee replacements and work with patients through the whole pathway.
Hand Injuries- Occupational therapists work with patients who have suffered an injury or had surgery to their hand. Hand therapy uses physical methods such as splinting, scar management, retraining and advice on activities of daily living. Occupational therapists also provide emotional and psychological support for their patients
Rheumatology-the Occupational therapist aims to help patients improve or maintain skills for day to day activities and wellbeing. They work with their patients to identify important and valued activities that are difficult to do because of their arthritis
Rapid response –work in A&E where patients may present with social issues and require minimal medical input ,occupational therapists play a key role in determining whether a patient is safe to be discharge or requires a hospital admission
Surgery-Occupational therapists work with patients who require assessment and rehabilitation following surgery
Cardiac Rehabilitation- Occupational therapists work as part of a cardiac rehabilitation course. They help patients maximise their physical, emotional, cognitive and social functioning with the focus on long term management skills
Intermediate Care-This may be offered following a stay in hospital and can include 24 hour care in a residential bed or in the patient’s own home. Occupational therapists work to enable patients to improve their ability to manage at home.
Ask your nurse or doctor on your ward if you are an inpatient or your GP or Consultant if you are an Outpatient to refer you to an Occupational Therapist