How could an occupational therapist help me?
An OT will usually assess you in your home to see what your strengths and difficulties are. Following your assessment they may:
- provide advice and information or demonstrate techniques to help you manage everyday tasks
- loan you equipment free of charge for as long as you require it– (the Independent Living Service does not provide wheelchairs or walking aids as these are supplied by the NHS)
- organise minor adaptations like rails 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 around
- discuss options if building work is impractical or you might be better moving to different accommodation
- help those offering you care, for example, if you have trouble with mobility or movement, they may advise about handling techniques or special equipment.