What is occupational therapy?

As people age, or if they have a disability, they may find they have difficulties doing some of the things they want to do independently or safely.  Occupational therapy aims to improve people’s ability to do everyday tasks that are important to them.

This could include practical tasks such as:

  • Getting washed and dressed
  • Accessing the bath or shower
  • Getting meals or completing other kitchen tasks
  • Getting in and out of the house
  • Getting in and out of their bed/chair/toilet
  • Managing the stairs

It could also include enjoyable things such as hobbies, work or socialising.

What’s included in our occupational therapy assessment?

Our Occupational Therapist will visit you at home to discuss your past medical history and how you are managing in your home.

You will receive a written summary of your needs and practical recommendations for improving your safety and independence at home. This could include equipment and adaptations to make your life easier. We may also signpost you to other services that can help.

We offer a one-off assessment, but if you are wanting to consider a specialist bathroom or home adaptation the Occupational Therapist can work alongside our technical team to ensure the design meets your current and future personal needs.

See how our Occupational Therapist was able to support Sue and her mum, Margaret, with a bathroom adaptation.

How much does a home visit cost?

A home visit costs £200 for one person, or £300 for two people in one property.

Free advice over the phone

Our Occupational Therapist can give free impartial advice over the phone if you need help choosing suitable equipment for yourself or a family member.  Alternatively, you can use the self-assessment website, askSARA to find out about the different equipment available and the contact details of suppliers.

Longer term support

If you require longer term occupational therapy support, we may be able to signpost you to an independent Occupational Therapist through our links with the OT Network.

 

 

Our Occupational Therapists are members of the British Association of Occupational Therapists and are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

 

Get in touch for more information

Call 0300 323 0700 for a no-obligation chat with our team.