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Occupational Therapy


Occupational Therapy (OT) enables people to achieve as much as they can for themselves and get the most out of life by providing assessment, support, education, advice on specialist equipment or adaptations and a wide range of treatment.

Occupational Therapy promotes health by enabling people to perform meaningful and purposeful occupations. Occupation is defined as ‘active process of living: from the beginning to the end of life. Occupations are all the active processes of looking after ourselves and others, enjoying life, and being socially and economically productive over the lifespan and in various contexts’. These include (but are not limited to) work, leisure, self-care, domestic and community activities.   Occupational Therapists work with individuals, families, groups, communities and organisations to facilitate health and well-being through engagement in occupation.

Occupational Therapists help people of all ages who have physical, mental or social problems resulting from an accident, illness or ageing, to do the things they want to do and regain independence as much as possible. These things could be the daily activities that many of us take for granted, such as getting washed and dressed, transferring safely from a bath, tying shoe laces or doing grocery shopping. They could be more complex activities such as caring for children, succeeding in studies or work, or maintaining a healthy social life. This might incorporate relearning how to go from sitting to standing safely following a serious injury, learning to manage symptoms and pace activities, or work on improving memory and functional skills.

An Occupational Therapist’s work can involve:

Ensuring that homes and workplaces are accessible for people with specific needs, for example wheelchair users or people with walking difficulties or partial sight through assessment for specialist equipment or adaptations.

Helping people to learn new or different ways of doing things, for example teaching memory strategies to someone with a brain injury or dementia.

Adapting materials or equipment for activities of daily living.

Teaching pain management strategies to people in chronic pain.

Providing vocational support for people returning to work following illness or injury.

Assisting an elderly couple to care for one another in their own home and remain independent and safe.

Helping someone manage symptoms of depression or anxiety in order to return to work or continue with their studies, including helping find effective coping strategies and teaching new skills.

Setting up a rehabilitation programme for someone who has suffered traumatic injury. 

Many of The Rehabilitation Network’s Case Managers are Occupational Therapists so we can provide this service alongside or independently of Case Management. Our Occupational Therapists collectively have a wide range of skills and experience in working with serious illness, orthopaedic and musculoskeletal injury, brain injury, spinal injury, mental health, cognitive deficit, and elderly care.

We can provide:

Occupational Therapy Assessments and reports for specialist equipment and adaptations including wheelchairs, seating, beds, bathroom, kitchen; functional capacity, activities of daily living (ADL), ergonomics.

One-to-one Occupational Therapy treatment sessions targeted to the specific needs of the injured or disabled person.

Worksite Assessments and reports.

Return to Work Assessments and reports for either job retention or alternative employment. We provide one-off OT reports for Life and Health Insurance, usually functional capacity and ADL, as well as reports with recommendations and tailored OT programmes for injury and disability.