An occupational therapist works with you to identify daily life activities in your home or at work that cause difficulties, and then devises practical solutions to either teach you a different way to complete the activity or recommend more efficient ways to make an activity easier and less tiring.
An OT will also work with your family members to develop an appropriate treatment programme specifically for your environment and lifestyle.
Occupational therapists work with many illnesses and conditions including stroke, PD and Alzheimer’s disease.
By using specialist knowledge, an OT will assess each patient’s individual living situation and recommend modifications, if necessary. For example, an OT may recommend installing a grasp rail in the bathroom for a patient that has undergone hip replacement surgery to make it easier to get in and out of the bath.
By improving on your ability to perform day-to-day tasks such as getting dressed, grasping/holding objects and doing shopping, you’ll be able to lead a more productive and independent life.