Occupational Therapy Mental Health Services for Older People
Occupational Therapists enable people to live life their way by helping people to keep up with their everyday activities and remain independent for as long as possible. (COT, 2017)
We work with:
- People aged 65 years and over with existing or emerging mental health problems.
- People experiencing memory problems or Dementia, this includes adults under 65
- Families, carers and the people you would like involved in your care
- Other health care professionals to assess for a range of conditions to help you get the right treatment at the right time
Following the Regional Dementia Care Pathway for Northern Ireland (2018), Occupational Therapists:
- Raise awareness about dementia and the impact of a diagnosis on activities of daily living
- Contribute to assessment information for a timely and accurate diagnosis
- Provide strategies, equipment and adaptations to enable people to live well with dementia, to cope with changes and to remain at home for as long as possible
Referrals must be made through your GP or the Mental Health Services for Older People team.