Carer Focus: Top ways an Independent Occupational Therapist can help your loved ones

As a carer you may have come across Occupational Therapists in Health or Social Care.

Did you know that there are independent Occupational Therapists available?

How can an independent Occupational Therapist help your loved ones?

To begin with it would help to understand what Occupational Therapy is.

 

What is Occupational Therapy?

 

“Occupational Therapy (OT) is a science degree-based, health and social care profession, regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council.
Occupational therapy takes a “whole-person approach” to both mental and physical health and wellbeing and enables individuals to achieve their full potential.”

Royal College of Occupational Therapists (2021)

 


 

What health issues can Home Independence Occupational Therapy Ltd help with?

  • Reduced mobility
  • Arthritis
  • Falls
  • Cardiac
  • Respiratory
  • Orthopaedics
  • Amputations
  • Dementia

 


 

How can an Occupational Therapist help my loved ones?

Through goals such as:

  • Promoting independence with everyday activities
  • Supporting access in the home and garden
  • Helping to access the community
  • Wheelchair accessibility
  • Improving moving and handling
  • Reducing the risk of falls
  • Becoming work-ready

 


 

What is the process of getting an assessment?

  • Free telephone consultation
You can speak about your fears, concerns and worries. The Occupational Therapist will speak about what can be offered to help.
  • Personal wellbeing is at the heart of the service.
A follow-up email is sent to confirm the visit.
  • A home visit is completed – lasting 2-hours approximately
An opportunity to listen to you and your loved one, to assess their health,
physical abilities, functional abilities,
and the home environment to identify problem areas, goals and recommendations.

 

 


 

What does the assessment process include?

A person-centred Occupational Therapy assessment is completed to gather information, giving a full picture of your loved one’s needs including:
  • Your perspective and your loved one’s perspective
  • Health overview (physical, emotional, and cognitive)
  • Current abilities including upper and lower limb, seating, standing and mobility
  • Functional performance with everyday activities including leisure/hobbies and work
  • Falls risk assessment
  • Moving and handling
  • Assessing the home/work environment

 

 


 

Assessment report

Specialist problem-solving focusing on your loved ones needs.
Provide a detailed comprehensive report with recommendations,
offering advice support/signposting, person-centred, carers.
Personalised rehabilitation goals are created to develop, recover,
and maintain the skills for daily living, to increase confidence through the therapeutic benefits of activities.

 


 

What can the recommendations include?

Environmental modifications:
  • Minor adaptations, such as grab rails, stair rails.
  • Major adaptations, such as level access shower rooms and stairlifts.
  • Assistive technology, such as falls alarms, bed sensors and chair sensors.
  • Daily living aids, such as adapted cutlery, long handled grabbers.
  • Equipment, to assist with getting in and out of the bath or bed.
Pain management techniques
Fatigue management coping strategies
Chair-based exercises to increase endurance, strength and promote relaxation
Rehabilitation through therapeutic activities

 

 


 

What is the difference between an Occupational Therapist and a Physiotherapist?

 

“A physiotherapist will focus on treating a client’s injury and working to improve his/her ability to perform movement of the human body.
Meanwhile, an Occupational Therapist will help the injured person improve their ability to perform activities of daily living independently following a period of physical impairment.”

Closing the Gap (2019)

 


If you’re interested in having an independent Occupational Therapy assessment for your loved one.
Please telephone on 07341265564 or email on info@homeindependenceot.co.uk or complete the contact form here.

 

Led by Sophia Occupational Therapist, based in Leicestershire

 

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