Our Occupational Therapist works closely with our Inpatient Ward and patients under the Living Well Programme/Wellbeing service.
We promote and encompass palliative rehabilitation. This will look different to every person, but it is based on a patient’s need to find purpose and meaning in the life they have left to live. The Occupational Therapist will help patients to ensure their strengths and skills are working in a suitable environment to allow them to do the things they want or need to do.
Through the therapeutic use of everyday activities, the Occupational Therapist will work with patients to achieve their goals. This can be done by:
- Creating an individual rehabilitation programme aiming to increase independence, strength, co-ordination, exercise tolerance and confidence.
- Adapting the environment to suit the individuals needs with equipment, aids or altering the home layout.
- Assessment and support for patients and families with difficult symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, breathlessness and other sensitive issues.
- Finding strategies to allow the individual to manage the difficulties in their lives and to be able to engage in what is meaningful.
- Looking at tasks you find difficult and see if there's another way you can do them.
- Supporting patients to see what they can do and what is possible.