Occupational therapists (OTs) work with people who have physical, mental and/or social problems, either from birth or as a result of accident, illness or ageing. Their aim is to enable people to achieve as much as they can for themselves, so they get the most out of life. When people cannot do things which are important to them – such as getting dressed, having a shower, going to work, socialising or doing a favourite hobby – an OT can help them in many ways, based on each person’s needs and lifestyle.
Here at Barnsley Hospital, the occupational therapy department serves the inpatient wards of the hospital and also provides an outpatient service for rheumatology patients.
All OTs work very closely with physiotherapists and other members of the team involved in a patient’s care. An OT can work with a patient on a number of issues, which may include:
- Rehabilitation – this could include re-learning skills or tasks around the home
- Planning for discharge from hospital – this could include recommending equipment or adaptations to the home to help a person to be more independent and safe or to help carers care for their patients more effectively
- Advice and information on how to manage a disability, illness or injury
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