About OT

Occupational therapists can help people of all ages when the everyday activities, such as getting out of bed in the morning, getting washed, preparing meals, going to work or school, become difficult.

Accident, illness and ageing can turn everyday activities into challenges which reduce independence and undermine our sense of identity. Occupational therapists recognise that being able to perform these daily activities is crucial to health and wellbeing. Occupational therapists:

  • Work with people of all ages and backgrounds who are affected by accident, physical and mental illness, disability or ageing
  • Provide help and training in daily activities, such as bathing, dressing, eating, gardening, working and learning
  • 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
  • Work with organisations to improve employees' performance
  • Provide real cost benefits to service commissioners
link to homepage video 1 Occupational therapy can help people
A short film explaining how occupational therapists can help people