WHAT IS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY?

Occupational therapy is the way in which people with a range of different abilities are supported to be able to live independently and get the most out of their life and the activities they enjoy.

Occupational therapists provide practical support to people who:

  • have been unwell, either physically or mentally
  • those who are living with a disability or a long-term condition
  • people who are experiencing the effects of ageing.

This support is designed to enable people to continue to carry out day-to-day tasks such as washing, dressing, cooking and shopping as well as the activities that are unique to each of us: our job, our hobbies, our leisure activities and our time with friends and family.

The support provided by occupational therapists includes how to use special equipment or techniques, adapting your home or working environment or simply finding solutions to everyday problems.

It is all about what is important to you.

WHEN SHOULD OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY TAKE PLACE?

Occupational therapists support patients to maximise independence as they move between hospital, specialist care and home, aiming to prevent hospital re-admission wherever possible.
 

HOW DOES OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY WORK?

The therapist will assess the patient’s individual needs and then offer information, a treatment plan and recommendations about how to carry out specific activities independently.

Occupational therapists are able to offer a range of different approaches to support re-engagement into meaningful activities and safe discharge home, including:

  • Setting individual goals
  • Assessing functionality on the ward in advance of going home
  • Assessing potential risks in your home to avoid falls
  • Devising an individual treatment programme
  • Referring on for assistive devices and home adaptions
  • Carrying out cognitive assessments if memory or concentration have been affected
  • Devising new meaningful activities
  • Referring on to community based services and supporting discharge from hospital
  • Providing training and support for carers/families
  • Symptom management such as energy conservation and relaxation techniques.
     

HOW CAN I BE REFERRED TO AN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST?

A member of the health professional team can refer you to be seen by an occupational therapist, however if you are aware that you are having difficulties managing every day activities then talk to your consultant or nurse directly.
 

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY AND MEDICAL INSURANCE

It is recommended that patients contact their insurance provider to check whether occupational therapy is covered. If not, self-pay is an available option.

Find out more about arranging private treatment at The London Clinic.