An occupational therapist is a trained professional who works towards enhancing people’s lives by optimising independence and participation in daily activities.
Occupation is a fancy word for all the things we want to do, have to do and need to do in our daily lives, such as getting up, washed and dressed in the morning, making a hot drink, getting around in our home, going out shopping, meeting friends for coffee etc.
Occupational Therapy is a holistic therapy that embodies the whole person and what matters most to them. There are always ways to participate in a meaningful life and an Occupational Therapist can help you do exactly that. One of these ways is by helping you to modify a task or alter the environment to ensure participation in loved activities is still possible.
Who we help at Spring Chicken
Anyone who is unable to do the things they want to do and doesn’t know how or what needs to change to make it possible again.
This may include:
- someone with a deteriorating condition
- someone with an acute illness
- the elderly
- someone with a cognitive impairment
What can we help with?
- Prevention and management of falls
- Signposting to relevant services and groups
- Advice around home sensor systems
- Advice around transfer aids and equipment
- Provision of daily living aids
- Advise regarding minor and major adaptations
- Stair assisting equipment
- Prescriptive wheelchair provision
- Healthcare chair provision
- Pressure care management
What is an occupational therapy assessment?
What does it cover?
An occupational therapy assessment will generally be carried out at your home address. It will involve a discussion with an occupational therapist regarding your current concerns, issues and a general review of your day to day routine.
What to expect?
Occupational Therapists are skilled at ‘activity analysis’ which means they can look in detail at particular activities which are becoming or have become difficult to do, therefore during the assessment the therapist may ask to observe the completion of day to day tasks. Following this they can advise on how to carry out certain tasks or alternate ways of completing tasks as well as recommending assistive equipment or adaptation solutions.
How to prepare?
Primarily we just need to see you in your home environment. We always recommend having a relative or friend present who can help answer questions and take in any information discussed during the visit.
Writing down any questions prior to the visit and thinking through your daily routine and what you find difficult can be helpful.
What happens after the assessment?
The Occupational Therapist will produce a report with recommendations which will take into account many different aspects such as the individual person (their physical, cognitive and psychological) their environment and the occupation.
An occupational therapy assessment will cost £199. This includes the full assessment and report of recommendations.
Booking an Occupational Therapy Assessment
How to get a home occupational therapy assessment?
- Please feel free to call Spring Chicken
- There will be a short discussion of yours or a loved one’s needs to determine how best we may support you
- It is likely a home visit will be organised to come and discuss your concerns face to face, review the home environment and complete a full assessment of your needs.
- Following the report, your allocated occupational therapist will then we on hand to guide you through the recommendations suggested.