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.
Benefits of occupational therapy
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 adaptations
- 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.
Why choose The London Clinic
Excellence in one place
We operate as teams of experts with world-class resources dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of medical care. You are surrounded by the latest treatments and advice with everything you need to get back to your best health.
Personal care, every time
Exceptional patient care is a way of life for us. Our nurses, clinicians and support teams are dedicated to the care of a very small number of patients, so have more time for you. They’ll be with you every step of the way, tailoring your care around you and giving the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing you’re in the best hands.
We work together as one to guide you through each step of your experience, with complexities unravelled and answers readily to hand. Your personal treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.
What's included in your package?
Choosing The London Clinic means your treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.
Your treatment package will include:
- Enhanced pre-admission assessment
- Your treatment with our complete care team at your fingertips
- Personalised aftercare and follow-up
We want you to be in control of your health. That’s why we also offer optional services such as comprehensive recovery packages and extra touches for you to choose from during your stay with us.
How to pay
- You can use private medical insurance (PMI) to access this treatment. We work with all major PMI providers in the UK and many internationally
- You can pay for yourself (self-pay)
- If you’re paying for yourself, we have finance options available with Chrysalis