The role of the Occupational Therapist
Do you want to get the most from life?
How an occupational therapist can help
Occupational therapists help people of all ages to identify their daily needs and aspirations, and provide advice about preventing injuries, illnesses or disabilities, or advise on how to cope with them.
An occupational therapist will assess your situation and find practical solutions to help you lead a more fulfilling life. For example, an occupational therapist can:
Provide help and training in daily activities, such as bathing, dressing, eating and gardening. Offer advice on adapting your home or workplace to meet your needs. Assess and recommend equipment, such as mobility aids, wheelchairs and artificial limbs and, if needed, advise on special devices to help around the home, school or workplace. Help children with disabilities to build their confidence, enabling them to take part in school activities.
Ask your GP, nurse or other health or social care professionals for a referral.
Contact your local primary care trust, social services department or health service provider*.
See an independent occupational therapist privately.For more details, visit www.occupationaltherapistip.co.uk/directory/index.htp
If you are employed, talk to your personnel department to see if your organisation can refer you to an occupational therapist.
To find an occupational therapist in your area, visit:
www.COT.org.uk or telephone: 0800 389 4873