Occupational therapists look at all aspects of life that occupy us, and help people with disabilities to participate in everyday activities as fully as possible. A programme of care is developed based on each individual’s lifestyle and preferences, sometimes modifying the environment surrounding the person.
Occupational therapy is often fundamental to independent living. Our programmes are developed to recognise the aspirations of each individual. It is a key therapy.
Occupational therapist Mandy Richmond says "Occupational therapy is about maximising independence (deinstitutionalisation, taking calculated risks), offering solutions to problems that compound or prevent independence (handling techniques, equipment provision), promoting new or compensatory skills to overcome difficulties (learning to use memory strategies, retraining) and encourage adjustment to and enjoyment of life as it presents itself now (socialising, recreational pursuits)."
Benefits of Occupational Therapy
Learning to control the body and its senses is the first and most fundamental step to improving the quality of life. Benefits include: improve/maintain an individuals ability to perform activities of daily living that are meaningful to that individual at home, at work and in the community.
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Please note all therapies are subject to the agreed funding in an individual's care and support package