Occupational therapists are here to help you maximise your functionality through training and equipment.
Our HCPC, RCOT registered occupational therapists are members of our multidisciplinary team who work with adults and children and specialise in limb loss. An occupational therapy assessment can be beneficial to everyone in establishing their functionality and setting goals to maximise this. Recent amputees and new limb wearers especially find this process valuable.
Our occupational therapists have a wide range of experience and an in depth knowledge of helpful tools and devices. Their job is to talk with our patients to identify the tasks and activities that each individual does regularly and finds important, such as driving or working, and to make sure that they are performing those tasks to their full potential and with the greatest possible amount of independence.
We understand your life does not simply exist within our clinic, our occupational therapist will visit you at home, in your workplace, at school or any other venue which plays an important role in your life. During the visit you will work together to identify areas of difficulties and explore potential solutions to help you to continue to explore your world.
After an assessment, the occupational therapist will provide a report recommending changes, adaptations and special pieces of equipment that may help you in your daily life and beyond. For more information about the reports we offer, please visit our reports page.
If you have recently had an amputation, you can begin treatment while while your wound is still healing to maximise independent performance. The occupational therapist will work with you to improve your functionality in your daily life. As well as helping you to carry out tasks in a new way, they can recommend amendments to your home, car, workplace or sports equipment that may not have been offered before to enhance your freedom and productivity in as short a time frame as possible.
An occupational therapist will work with your prosthetist to provide most upper limbs and and will be able to offer input into the prosthetic device that you are prescribed.
To make the most of a user’s potential whilst using them, a lot of upper limb prostheses require training which is provided by an experienced occupational therapist in combination with physiotherapy. After your new upper limb has been provided, the occupational therapist will work with you to ensure that you are using it to its maximum scope. They will train you to use it outside of the clinic for daily tasks.
An occupational therapists can recommend tools and adaptations to help you with a range of daily activities such as showering, driving or working. They will advise you on the best way to put on and take off your prosthesis and help you if you are having difficulty. Should you require a wheelchair, they are able to assess you for these and prescribe the most appropriate. They can then perform necessary measurements and fittings.
Occupational therapy treatment is often ongoing after the first appointment - the therapist will perform regular assessments to help maximise your progress. They have lots of tips and tricks to help improve on daily tasks like typing on the computer and can help you to learn how to use the new devices and equipment that they have recommended for you. They have links with a range of community services and can put our you in touch if it’s appropriate.
If you would like to find out more information about the services we provide or would like to book a free assessment please contact us today by calling 0161 660 9282, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by completing the following form.