All Hallows Occupational Therapy Service
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy (OT) provides advice, support and interventions to assist people in the day to day management of conditions.
OT provides practical support to enable people to facilitate recovery and overcome any barriers that prevent them from doing the activities (occupations) that matter to them. This helps to increase people’s independence and satisfaction in all aspects of life.
Therapists work with adults and children of all ages with a wide range of conditions; most commonly those who have difficulties due to a physical condition, as well as those experiencing mental health issues, developmental disorders and learning disabilities.
Occupational Therapy at All Hallows
All Hallows offers Occupational Therapy to both Children and Adults. Our Adult OT focuses on the treatment and solutions of managing pain caused by existing conditions or difficulties. Paediatric OT helps children with a wide range of conditions to develop essential skills through the practice of everyday tasks.
When a patient is admitted to the hospital and is first seen by our GP, it will be decided whether referral to OT is appropriate. Following this assessment, the OT or assistant may also require to assess the patient’s home. Arrangements will be made to either take the patient in the OT’s car to visit the home, or for the OT to visit the home in the presence of a relative.
The OT will discuss the outcome of the assessment with the patient and a report will be sent to the GP and if appropriate, the Social Worker. The OT will advise on all necessary equipment/adaptation.
The OT works closely with the other members of the hospital team; nurses, physiotherapist, doctor and social worker, as well as services in the community, to devise a treatment programme to increase functional ability and independence and maximise the potential of each patient.
The OT will determine that the patient has reached their optimum level of rehabilitation with regard to managing personal care, independence in activities of daily living and mobility and whether the patient will require a package of care. The OT/OTA will liaise with the patient and their relatives/carer concerning the home situation.
The OT aims to provide a holistic service to the patient which can involve liaising with family, charities, local authorities etc. to assist in obtaining specialist equipment or adaptations for the home and to support patient, family and carers in what is sometimes a stressful time in their lives.
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