OT helps you
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy provides practical support to people with physical and mental illness, disability, long term condition, or those experiencing the effects of ageing, to do the things they need or want to do. It enables people of all ages to carry out practical and purposeful activities (often referred to as 'occupation'). This could be essential day to day tasks - such as dressing, cooking, going shopping, to the things that make us who we are - our job, interests, hobbies and relationships.
Occupational therapy considers all our needs - e.g. physical, psychological, social and environmental - and helps to increase people's independence and satisfaction in all aspects of life.
Example: An occupational therapist can help someone affected by a stroke to:
- Learn or regain the skills to dress the affected side of their body;
- Balance, move or hold objects and get in and out of bed;
- Set goals to address a drop in confidence or feelings of anxiety;
- Use adaptations and aids to increase mobility around the house;
- Plan a phased return to work.
How can Occupational Therapy help me?
Occupational therapists are skilled professionals who find solutions to everyday problems. For example an occupational therapist can advise you on approaching a task differently, using equipment or aids, adapting your home or working environment, and finding strategies to reach your chosen goals.
An occupational therapist will work with you to achieve the things that are important to you. This support can make a real difference to your life - giving you a renewed sense of purpose, opening up new horizons, and changing the way you feel about the future.
Occupational therapy empowers people to reach their full potential, achieve their goals, and enjoy life to the full.
How can I find an Occupational Therapist?
Your GP will refer you to an occupational therapist if appropriate. Or you may be advised to contact the social services department of your local council to arrange an occupational therapist home visit.*
You can also find a private occupational therapist by searching our list of independent Occupational Therapy Practitioners: www.cotss-ip.org.uk or call 0845 129 7699 or 020 7989 0681 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Social work departments in Scotland
Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in Northern Ireland