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Occupational Therapy – what does it mean?

Quite simply, Occupational Therapists (abbreviated to OT) help people of all ages to carry out everyday activities which are essential for health and wellbeing. These daily tasks can range from making a cup of tea, using the toilet, manging stairs or visiting the local shop. It’s a way of giving back some independence to patients who are recovering from any type of illness or injury for example, a stroke, a fall, or people who are suffering from progressive diseases such as Parkinson’s or Muscular Dystrophy. These services reduce the need for carer support or preventing admissions to care homes in the case of elderly patients. They also minimise stress on the NHS to free beds and services for other sick people. OTs tend to work in three main areas; self-care (bathing, feeding etc), productivity (work, volunteering etc) and leisure (sport, music, socialising etc). The client is at the centre of an OTs focus, providing them with a tailored care plan to enable them to live their lives to the fullest.

The Life of an Occupational Therapist

The role of Occupational Therapist is diverse, and often sees them working in many different settings. The Occupational Therapists at Therapies on Thames provide home visits to assess the client’s living conditions and ensure they are as comfortable as they can be at home. They can also provide their services within a hospital/inpatient rehabilitation unit, care home or other institution to suit the client’s particular needs. Liaising with equipment vendors to gain knowledge on the best solutions for their clients is also part of the job, for example; stairlifts, bath lifts and walking frames. Of course, as with any job in healthcare, processing paperwork can be time consuming but necessary task for an OT in order for clients to receive their treatment plans quickly and effectively.

How can we support care agencies and care home sector?

Due to high demands placed on health care staff, our OT’s  work with care agencies to implement single handed care, developing reablement care plans and  improve their therapeutic handling skills. This enables care agencies to work more efficiently with their clients and develop a higher level of skill in their care team. For care home settings, we offer training to their staff with the right type of assessment and review in terms of manual handling , seating assessments and care plan reviews. This will help them to achieve good CQC ratings and provide better quality of care and client satisfaction.

the life of an occupational therapist can be very diverse and can often mean working in many different settings. Image copyright of Therapies on Thames. Do not use or reproduce without permission.

The Benefits of Occupational Therapy

An OT doesn’t just help clients recover at home, they can also flag any potential fall risks or possible hazards. Following an initial assessment, they can then help to adjust the client’s home and surroundings to avoid any further accidents from occurring. They can also advise on modifications to the home to ensure it is the safest place for the patient to be. Modifications can include hand rails, walk-in bath tubs long reach grabbers, for example. In the case of the elderly, regaining independence after an illness or fall can improve their quality of life and promote better mental health which can only lead to a healthier lifestyle in the long run.

Wheelchair mobility assessment

CONTACT THERAPIES ON THAMES

Have you or a loved one received Occupational Therapy? If any of the OTs at Therapies on Thames has improved your quality of life, made you more mobile, more independent or generally enhanced your lifestyle, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us and let us know how Occupational Therapy has helped you on your road to recovery.

ASSOCIATES

All our therapists are fully qualified, experienced professionals, CRB checked, registered member of Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and registered with relevant professional bodies

Therapies on Thames professionals are registered with HCPC, RCOT and CSP