Occupational Therapists work with disabled people of all ages, and their carers. Their aim is to enable people to achieve as much as they can for themselves in order to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.
Working in multidisciplinary teams within health and social work services, they carry out assessments in the person’s own home or in a health-based location such as a health centre, identifying any difficulties the person being assessed might have in relation to personal care, employment, and social and emotional needs.
Occupational Therapists will provide advice and practical support and will work with a person to design a programme of treatment based on the individual’s needs and lifestyle.
Examples of support that could be provided include advice on how the home or workplace environment can be changed (for example, ramps), fatigue management, vocational retraining, or helping people to learn new ways of doing things.