Occupational therapy enables people of all ages to achieve health, wellbeing, improve everyday function and life satisfaction through participation in their everyday activities.

What does an Occupational Therapist do?

An Occupational Therapist will work with a person to design a program of treatment based on the individual’s unique lifestyle and preferences, sometimes modifying the environment surrounding the person.  Occupational Therapists consider the importance of how a person’s physical, mental and social needs will impact on their recovery process, and empowers them to achieve the goals that are most important to them.

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.
       (Taken from the College of Occupational Therapists’ Website Jan 2016)