Occupational Therapy - Older People Services

The Occupational Therapy Service provides a holistic assessment of an individual’s ability to perform every day tasks following their recent episode of illness, taking into consideration their physical, cognitive (e.g. memory, concentration), social situation and psychological abilities (accepting/adjusting to current situation).

Using a problem solving approach and setting realistic goals with individuals and carers staff aim to motivate individuals to help reach their full potential and maximum level of functioning in all relevant aspects of life whilst recovering from their recent episode of illness or adapting to their resulting disability.  A variety of treatment interventions will be used to improve daily living skills as well as health promotion and advice and support.  Activities may include:

  • personal care tasks - dressing, grooming
  • domestic tasks such as kitchen skills, shopping, budgeting
  • transfer practice
  • remedial therapies e.g upper limb, balance
  • provision of adaptive equipment (depending on need)
  • advice on moving and handling
  • advice regarding leisure activities/hobbies
  • computer based activity programmes – physical/cognitive
  • functional assessments within the individual's own home environment
  • horticultural therapy






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