Occupational therapy helps people live more productive lives. It enables people with disabilities to carry out essential activities, with the aim of maintaining or improving independence.
Occupation means any way in which people spend their time, from personal care (washing, dressing, toileting) to productivity (paid or unpaid work, housework, education) to leisure (games, sports, hobbies, social activities).
Examples of essential activities may include:
- managing personal care: for example, getting to the bathroom and transferring on/off the toilet
- safe mobility around the home: for example, enabling a person to prepare meals, get into/out of bed or manage the steps and stairs
- enabling an individual to take up or stay in paid or unpaid work.
Occupational therapists could help with or provide information about:
- raising the height of the bed/chair so that standing up is much easier for a person with stiff, painful hips and knees
- making a home safer for getting around by, for example, the installation of hand rails and ramps
- reducing anxiety and helping people raise their confidence about getting around or managing their disability
- obtaining appropriate support and helping people to connect to other relevant agencies
- assisting carers to continue to maintain their caring responsibilities.
Advice and information is available for people able and wanting to fund their own equipment or adaptations. Financially-assessed grants may be available for major adaptations work.
For more information please contact us.