What is an Occupational Therapist?
Occupational Therapists (OTs) are qualified professionals registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
Their aim is to help you carry out as many everyday tasks and activities as possible; tasks that you may find you are being prevented from doing as a result of physical or mental illness, disability, or as a result of changes in your life as you get older.
An Occupational Therapist will work with you to identify ways to maintain, regain or enhance your independence, such as recommending where to fit handrails when installing a new bathroom to ensure that it fully meets your needs.
Why do I need one?
Occupational Therapists can help you change the way you do things and will help you adapt to new ways which are more suited to your abilities.
They can also suggest equipment that will help you, for example in the bathroom or getting dressed. They have vast knowledge and understanding about mobility equipment and can recommend the best products to meet your personal needs.
This all means that you can retain your independence within your own home and when out and about, thus improving your quality of life for you and your partner or carer.
Things to consider when looking for an Occupational Therapist?
The key things to consider are location and specialist areas of expertise.
Always try to choose an OT that is reasonably local to you, as this reduces their travelling time and cost.
Most OT’s have a base of general knowledge, but usually specialise in areas of expertise, such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, etc.