Occupational therapists are health and social care professionals. They help people to carry out activities they need or want to do, but as a result of illness, disability or exclusion, are prevented from doing.
Independent living is promoted by developing an individual's skills or adapting their home to suit their needs.
Who could benefit from occupational therapy?
We support people:
- of all ages
- with physical disabilities
- with long term conditions
- with mental health difficulties
- with learning disabilities
What is involved?
Our team delivers programmes of structured, intensive support tailored to your particular needs. This can:
- boost confidence
- help you recover from accident or illness
- ease the transition from hospital to home.
We can also help you access equipment and adaptations for your home.
If you receive Reablement Services, an occupational therapist will be part of your intensive support team.
Accessing the occupational therapy service
Contact reception services at your local Health and Social Care Partnership office who may make a referral to the Independent Living Service. If you are in receipt of services your social worker will also be able to refer you. Referrals are also taken from other agencies such as GPs, district nurses etc.
We have a priority system to make sure the service is provided as soon as it can be for the people who need it most. For example:
- terminally ill people
- people being discharged or at risk of being admitted to hospital
- people whose current caring support is at risk of breaking down
- those people whose informal carer is unable to continue caring
We usually arrange to visit you at home to assess your needs. It is important to see the difficulties you may be having.
What happens at the visit?
We will discuss a range of options with you. These may include:
- considering what support may benefit you in managing everyday tasks
- offering advice about any practical or emotional difficulties you, or your carer, may be experiencing
- providing information on resources available within the area
- looking at ways that specialised equipment and adaptations to your home might help.
Is there a cost?
There is no charge for your assessment. We may ask you to provide for lower cost items that are not on our standard equipment stock item list. If you decide to buy a larger piece of equipment with your own funds, we may be able to offer advice.