The community Occupational Therapy Service is one of the services provided by Social Services to help older people and people with a physical or sensory disability live as independently as possible in their own homes.
Occupational Therapists (OTs) help people to find ways of coping with the effects of disability. They work with people of all ages to help them become as independent as possible, to improve the quality of their lives and the lives of those who look after them. This involves identifying tasks people find difficult to carry out and developing ways to adapt techniques, use equipment or adapt homes to make day-to-day tasks easier.
The Occupational Therapy service aims to:
- give people more independence and control over their lives;
- make everyday activities easier and less time-consuming for disabled people and anyone assisting or living with them;
- encourage and advise people of safe practice;
- help people to adapt to their disabilities and enhance their confidence and self-esteem.
If you are a patient in hospital, speak to the hospital social work team.
Your request will be referred to the Occupational Therapy service and we will make an appointment for a therapist to visit you in your home and carry out an assessment of your needs.