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Occupational Therapy (OT)

What is OT?

Occupational therapy,often shortened to OT is a profession within health and social care which focusses on building, regaining and maintaining your activities of daily living, including the participation in work and life roles. It can be of benefit to people with physical, mental and or cognitive impairments and disease.

 

OT is a very varied and diverse occupation offering therapists the opportunity to either specialise in certain areas or work across many fields.

 

An occupational therapists’ main aim is to support you during times of change, (either being short or long term) when you need guidance and information to function as independently as possible.

 

Occupational therapists hold you at the centre of your care and treatment planning, often being referred to as “client-centred practitioners.” They have a holistic approach, considering all aspects of your life including your occupation or role, environment and your potential to engage in all areas of life.

 

How can Occupational Therapy be of benefit to you?

My role as an OT can be vast and all encompassing. In summary I can offer you access to aids and adaptations (both minor and major), help you develop and regain skills you may have lots or want to acquire as well as modify and adjust tasks in order for you to achieve what is most meaningful to you.

 

Range of conditions I have treated in the past:

Long term conditions - eg: Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Diabetes, Spinal cord injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Traumatic brain injury, Stroke, various mental health conditions, people with Life Limiting Illnesses and those experiencing Chronic pain and or Fatigue.

 

Short term impairments - eg: deterioration in mobility and function, loss of strength, confidence or a specific ability following an injury, surgery or a fall.

 

People who have experienced a temporary change to their health and wellbeing, which impaired their ability to undertake employment, participate in specific work-related roles or engage in the work environment.

 

Prior to planning a session, some things you should consider:

If you happen to experience any changes to your condition, not already highlighted prior to me visiting, these may need to be discussed before treatment can be given. In most circumstances, the only potential concerns may be if you don’t feel well enough to participate in the session or if you have been experiencing symptoms of diarrhoea and or vomiting. In these cases, sessions can easily be adapted to accommodate what you are able to tolerate or can be rescheduled to a time when you are feeling better.

 

Alternatives can be offered if a specific intervention is not advised or would be deemed as of no benefit to you, at the time of discussion.