What is Occupational Therapy (OT)

“Occupation” refers to practical and purposeful activities that allow people to live independently and have a sense of identity. This could be essential day-to-day tasks such as self-care, work or leisure.  Therefore, occupational therapy 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.

What do we do?

Occupational therapists are skilled professionals who find solutions to everyday problems. For example; advising on approaching a task differently, using equipment, adapting someone’s living or working environment, and finding new strategies to reach goals. An occupational therapist will consider all of someone’s needs – physical, psychological, social and environmental. This support can make a real difference to their life, giving them a sense of purpose and changing the way they feel about the future.

Occupational therapists use standardised and functional assessments to identify strengths and limitations, which consequently help to build a personalised treatment plan.

Who might need it?

Occupational therapists work with adults and children of all ages with a wide range of conditions; most commonly those who have difficulties due to a mental or physical health illness.

The Process

Assessment: The OT process is based on initial and repeated assessment which may include the use of standardised assessment, interviews or observations in a variety of settings. The initial assessment identifies someone’s current level of function, the aspects of their life that they are finding difficult as well as finding out what is important and meaningful to them.

Goal setting: Following this assessment, a client will then identify their short and long term goals. We might work together to identify the priorities and discuss any barriers that may prevent someone from achieving their goals.

Recommendations: From the initial assessment, a variety of recommendations could be made depending on need.  For example; equipment that could improve functioning, advise on different ways of carrying out daily activities to make life easier, number of sessions needed, or in some cases further assessment.  

Intervention: This will vary depending on a client’s needs. However, a treatment plan will be written collaboratively with the client to ensure they are working to towards their goals.

Discharge: Finally, on discharge from a service, a client will receive a written report of their treatment, the outcomes of any assessments, the goals they have achieved and any further recommendations that may be suggested.

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Avenue Therapies Occupational Therapists

By using our specialist expertise, our occupational therapist will carry out an assessment of your current level of function to establish how your mental health difficulties are impacting on your daily living skills. This enables us to devise occupational therapy interventions that grade activities to ensure successful rehabilitation and recovery.

What do we offer:

  • Assessment and Intervention at home
  • Visits in the community
  • Personalised Treatment Plans
  • Standardised Assessment and Reports
  • Advice on equipment and adaptations and signposting 

We do we work on:

  • Increasing motivation – by learning what is important to you
  • Routine and structure – using timetables and regular activities
  • Money management – learning to budget
  • Improving self care – e.g by learning how to cook independently or use a washing machine
  • Accessing the community – confidence in using the bus or going shopping
  • Managing anxiety – learn practical techniques and graded exposure
  • Returning to employment or voluntary work – help with writing CVs and job applications
  • Finding new hobbies and meaningful occupations