‘Occupational Therapists work with people of all ages, helping them to carry out the activities that they need or want to do, to lead healthy and fulfilling lives’.
Our unique philosophy acknowledges the link between what people do and their health and wellbeing. ‘Occupation’ means all the activities a person undertakes, enjoys and values. Our daily occupations help to define our identity and if we are unable to carry these out our health and wellbeing can suffer.
Occupational Therapists provide services to people whose ability to function in daily life has been disrupted by physical or learning disability or injury, developmental problems, the ageing process or mental or emotional illness.
The goal of Occupational Therapy is to assist each individual in achieving an independent, productive and satisfying life-style which incorporates a range of activities and interventions.
These could include:
- Everyday necessities of daily living, such as preparing a meal, or getting dressed, going to school or work
- Provision of specialist equipment to promote independence
- Make sure that homes, workplaces and public places are accessible for people with specific needs
- Enable people to learn new or different ways of carrying out activities
- Help children overcome/adapt to learning or developmental challenges
- Enable people to remain in their own homes
- Help people to manage their mental illness more effectively to enable return to a fulfilling life
- Ease the transition back into the home after being hospitalised
Occupational Therapy is provided from a range of settings within the Trust, including Hospitals, Community Settings, Resource Centre’s, Schools, Assessment Clinics and People’s Homes
Occupational Therapist work in a variety of specialised areas: