What is Occupational Therapy?
Through illness, disability or ageing, people may be prevented from doing the things they want or need to do - such as getting dressed, having a shower, getting out to the shops or going to work. An Occupational Therapist can:
- Help people to learn new ways of doing things
- Adapt materials or equipment
- Make changes to where people live and work - for example ensuring wheelchair ramps are installed
It is an Occupational Therapists aim to promote your independence and/or the safety of those supporting you within the community, so if we are needed to support your safe discharge we will work closely with you, your relative or carers.
A referral to our service is made by either the nursing staff, other professional staff or picked up by the Occupational Therapist whilst visiting the ward.
The areas of a persons life that an Occupational Therapist mainly addresses whilst in hospital are:
- Skills required to do personal activities of daily living, i.e. washing and dress
- Skills required to do domestic activities of daily living, i.e. shopping and cooking
- Cognitive, perceptual and sensory skills to perform these activities, i.e. concentration, memory and hand-eye-coordination
- Mobility needs within the home and the community
- Home environment, i.e. access into and around the property and heights of furniture
What can they do for me whilst in hospital?
Support you in terms of ensuring that your discharge from hospital is safe and timely. They will do this by:
- Assessing your abilities and providing you with advice on how to promote your independence in both personal and domestic activities of daily living.
- Assessing your abilities and providing your carer or relative with advice on how they can promote your independence or how they carry out daily tasks more efficiently and safely.
- Assessing your abilities to perform daily tasks and prescribe equipment or alterations to your home, ready for the day of your discharge.
How can we help one another to facilitate your timely discharge from hospital?
- It is important that we work together, i.e. the Occupational Therapist informs you of their plans and encourage you to participate in the planning process and you inform us if it is going as planned or if there are changes for you.
- The Occupational Therapist works with you to make contact with a relative or carer to ensure that if any Community equipment is necessary it is delivered and installed prior to your discharge.
Here you can find the Occupational Therapies Organisational Structure.