Occupational therapy supports 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). Some examples of help occupational therapists can provide are:
- enabling an individual to remain in their own home throughout a period of rehabilitation
- making a home safe for getting around, for example by installing hand rails and ramps
- assisting carers to maintain their caring responsibilities
- managing personal care, such as getting you to the bathroom and on/off the toilet
- safe mobility around your home to enable you to prepare meals, get in/out of bed and manage the steps and stairs
For more information please contact the Adult Social Care team.