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Occupational therapy

Occupational Therapy (OT) helps people with a physical impairment to live more independently. As a key part of our Independent Living Service (ILS), our OTs aim to help you make the most of your abilities and reduce the need for help from others.

In the majority of complex cases we assess you in your home so that we can try to make everyday tasks safer and easier for you.

Following your assessment we may give you professional advice, lend you equipment, or recommend specialist adaptations to your home.

We can...

  • provide advice and information or even demonstrate techniques to help you manage everyday tasks

  • often loan you equipment for as long as you require it, free of charge, to help you become as independent as possible - we do not supply wheelchairs or walking aids though as these are supplied by the NHS

  • organise minor adaptations like rails or internal ramps if your disability prevents you getting around your home safely

  • help you plan and organise major building works to your home if it is very difficult for you to live independently, or the layout prevents you getting to important amenities, such as the bathroom or toilet

  • give you appropriate information and discuss options where building works prove impractical, or if you feel you would be better off moving to different accommodation

  • help people offering care to family or friends. This might include those experiencing difficulties with mobility and movement. For example, we may advise you about handling techniques or special equipment. This can often help enhance the lives of carers and enable people to remain living in their own homes.


Case studies

Case 1: Peter is 85 years old. He suffers from chronic rheumatoid arthritis. Peter struggled to get in and out of his armchair and on and off the toilet.

He was assessed and provided with a raised toilet seat and his armchair has been raised. This puts less stress on his joints and allows him to live independently.

Case 2: Andrew is 12 years old. He has cerebral palsy and uses a powered wheelchair. He was unable to access his home due to a high step at the front door.

An Occupational Therapist supported his Disabled Facilities Grant application for ramped access. He is now able to access the property without his mum's help.

Where a visit is not needed

We also operate a fast response service, and can sometimes make items of equipment available when:

  • equipment has been prescribed and ordered by health service occupational therapists to help get you home from hospital

  • we feel we may safely meet your request for assistance by authorising small items of equipment for you when you first contact us.

This equipment will then be delivered and fitted by one of our technicians, who will make sure you know how to use it.

Contact us

You can make an occupational therapy referral for either an adult or a child through our 'OT Connect' service.

Use the online form Online enquiry form
Email us Email: ot.connect@westsussex.gov.uk
Phone us Phone: 01903 839100
Fax us Fax: 01903 839854

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