Occupational therapy is a unique profession that recognises the important link between a person’s health and wellbeing and their ability to carry out activities of daily living independently.
An Occupational Therapist (OT) focuses on developing, recovering or maintaining the daily living and working skills of people with a disability or illness. They provide support and assistance to people who, through illness, injury, trauma, aging or disability are experiencing difficulties with carrying out tasks and activities that are important and meaningful to them.
Occupational Therapists (OT’s) are skilled professionals who find solutions to everyday problems, enabling individuals to reach their full potential.
OT’s provide practical advice and therapeutic interventions to help overcome barriers to participation and help aid recovery. They support people to carry out activities they wish or need to do in order to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.
OT’s work with adults and children of all ages. An OT can work in a variety of different settings. This includes hospitals, social services teams in the community, people’s homes, residential settings, schools, prisons, day care facilities, voluntary organisations GP surgeries and workplaces.
OT’s work with a variety of conditions including mental health issues, learning disabilities, physical illnesses such as stroke, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s to name a few.
Occupational therapists (OTs) can help people overcome everyday difficulties and stay independent for longer by providing advice on new techniques to continue to complete everyday activities such as dressing and meal preparation for as long as possible as the condition progresses. An OT can assess you at home or in your work place and ascertain which areas you are having difficulty with. They can then make recommendations to enable you to manage day to day tasks easier and remain independent for as long as possible.