The Occupational Therapist works within the In-patient Unit and Day Hospice. Some patients are also visited in their own homes.
The Occupational Therapist makes a full assessment of any problems the patient is experiencing in everyday activities. Appropriate interventions are adopted to promote independence and to help patients meet their personal goals.
Interventions may include:
- Guidance on alternative ways of dealing with everyday tasks.
- Provision of equipment to make tasks easier.
- Advice on energy conservation and managing fatigue.
- Relaxation training to help ease pain, control breathlessness and lessen anxiety.
- Home visit to assess how the patient is managing in their own environment and identify the need for specific equipment or adaptations.
- Support and practical advice for family and carers.
- Liaison with community agencies regarding provision of equipment and/or home adaptations.