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Occupational therapy

Occupational Therapists help people of all ages to carry out activities they need or want to do but are prevented from doing as a result of illness, disability or ageing.

The Occupational Therapy teams in both health and social care work together to help you achieve the things you want to do.

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Occupational Therapy staff will help you find practical solutions to lead a more fulfilling life. They can:

  • provide help and training in daily activities;
  • advise whether a move to alternative accommodation would be appropriate;
  • offer advice on adapting your home to meet your needs;
  • assess and recommend community equipment; and
  • build confidence and participation in leisure, learning and work activities.

The Occupational Therapy staff visit you at home, assess your needs and work with you (and your family) to secure a solution. Often advice or minor adaptations and equipment such as grab rails or a bath seat can be enough to help you get back to managing independently and can be fitted very quickly. Occupational Therapy staff will talk with you about all options, including moving to a more appropriate property.

Sometimes larger adaptations are needed like a ramp or stair-lift and we recommend what will best suit your situation. These solutions may take longer to arrange or your needs may be better met by moving home.

The Council offers a range of support to help you find a solution that’s best for you. To find out more, visit our Health and Social Care pages

Referrals for Occupational Therapy are taken through the Access Team, please use the contact details on this page.