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Occupational Therapy

Providing exceptional injury rehabilitation, long term complex care and community support.

What does Occupational Therapy Do?

Occupational Therapy helps people live their best lives no matter their situation. Through various strategies and adaptations, we help clients with acquired brain injuries regain their cognitive and critical functions to their fullest potential, despite potential limitations.

Peartree Rehabilitation provides Occupational Therapy to those with acquired brain injuries in our inpatient facility in Southampton, Hampshire and throughout the UK as part of our Community Rehabilitation Service.

Occupation is a term we often associate with work, but Occupational Therapists look at all the roles and tasks an individual would like and need to be able to complete and tailor therapy to achieve this. Our approach is goal orientated, helping the individual and their family to understand their challenges and ways they can be managed.

How does this work in a community setting?

Our Community Service provides Occupational Therapy to clients in their own homes, place of work or their local area. By assisting those receiving rehabilitation in natural settings, they can relearn activities they want and need to do in the places that matter most. Working as part of a multidisciplinary team, we also conduct Living Accommodation Assessments to achieve the best results.

OT involves learning techniques to complete everyday activities from washing and dressing to going to work and getting back into hobbies. Our therapy approach is individual to the person and is based on real-world tasks such as making meals, food shopping, using public transport, and interacting with the general public.

Rehabilitation Activities

OT involves learning techniques to complete everyday activities from washing and dressing to going to work and getting back into hobbies. Our therapy approach is individual to the person and is based on real-world tasks such as making meals, food shopping, using public transport, and interacting with the general public.

Activity 1: Buying a Coffee

One rehabilitation activity we could employ would be tasking our patients to order a drink for themselves at a café. While this is a straightforward interaction at first glance, we often take for granted the steps involved.

Mobility

The patient needs to be able to walk to the cafe.

Cognition

The ability to use the cognitive skills to find out where the cafe is.

Determination

The ability to make decisions with certainty to receive the drink they would like.

Communication

Work with functional communication to place the order.

Money Management

Being able to pick out the correct change and make value judgements on how much they are spending.

Activity 2: Preparing a Meal

Another activity our occupational therapists could employ could be helping a client with the steps of making a meal. More than just the act of cooking, this would incorporate meal planning, shopping and the act of cooking itself.

Planning

How to prepare a shopping list and the ability to plan ahead.

Mobility

Mobility skills when in a supermarket, this could be in a wheelchair, using a walking stick or without physical aids.

Upper Limb

Working on upper limb ability, such as hand eye-coordination and lifting objects.

Balance

Working on their balance and orientation skills in working their way around a supermarket.

Whatever the condition, the Speech and Language Therapy service always works in partnership with clients, their families and carers to optimise their maximum potential.  They can also provide training to the wider workforce which interfaces with the client to capitalise on opportunities for positive outcomes.

Working on these skills is vitally important for each client and requires applying both psychological and physiotherapy skills to everyday life, which is where Occupational Therapy comes in. Please visit our community page for more information on the service.

What is the difference between occupational therapy and physiotherapy?

While physiotherapy looks at the way the body moves and how, Occupational Therapy incorporates physical activities as part of a client’s broader rehabilitation goals, to regain the skills and functions involved to make people as independent as possible.

OT and Physiotherapy are two disciplines which work in conjunction. At Peartree rehabilitation, our community therapists provide joint sessions as a multidisciplinary team to work for the best outcome for our patients.

 

Can Occupational Therapists Diagnose?

We can provide evidence of certain challenges a person is having which can be fed back to doctors or other healthcare professionals that can help with the management of their condition.

 

Who does your team work with?

We work with physiotherapists, rehabilitation assistants and psychologists as part of a wider MDT (multidisciplinary team). We work closely with our rehabilitation assistants to prescribe OT programmes for our assistants to carry out. We also collaborate with Speech and Language Therapists, nurses and doctors to ensure that each client receives the best care.

Need to contact an Occupational Therapist?

Want to speak to one of our Occupational Therapists? We accept referrals from any healthcare and social care professional or case manager. Individuals can also self-refer. Referrals are accepted on a written standardised referral form, via telephone, fax, email, letter or via the form below.

Please phone us on 023 8044 8168

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