Occupational therapy helps people with disabilities carry out essential activities, with the aim of maintaining or improving independence.
Occupation means any way in which people spend their time. This could be:
- personal care (washing, dressing or toileting)
- productivity (paid or unpaid work, housework, education)
- 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.