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
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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 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
- we feel we may safely meet your request for assistance by
authorising small items of equipment for you when you first contact
This equipment will then be delivered and fitted by one of our
technicians, who will make sure you know how to use it.
You can make an occupational therapy referral for either an
adult or a child through our 'OT Connect' service.
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