Accident, illness and ageing can turn everyday activities into challenges which reduce independence and undermine our sense of identity.
Occupational Therapists recognise that being able to perform these daily activities is crucial to health and wellbeing. Occupational Therapists (OT's):
Occupation includes all daily activities such as making a hot drink, using public transport and socialising. Our daily activities give us a sense of identity and purpose. OT's develop practical strategies for people facing such challenges so that they can continue to flourish in their lives. They work in many different roles and settings such as hospitals, schools and clients own homes.
OT's use a range of strategies and specialist equipment to enable people to reach their goals. This could range from helping someone regain the confidence to shop or cook unassisted for his or her family or return to work after a physical or mental illness.
They work in partnership to create practical solutions to the problems that affect their independence.