Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy (OT) helps individuals, who have lost confidence or independence, to develop, regain or maintain the skills necessary to participate in all facets of their lives. OT can help people reach their potential and optimise their independence in everyday activities such as preparing a meal, driving, showering and home management.

Pace’s Occupational Therapist can offer the following services:

Assessments and Report Writing – including the use of standardised assessments and validated measurement tools.

Rehabilitation Treatment – either on-site, within the home or work environment. Therapy involves designing a treatment programme based on the individual’s needs and preferences, which could involve:

  • Advice on how to modify activities, lifestyle and the environment to improve function and quality of life.
  • Provision of specialist assistive equipment and training in its use.
  • Energy conservation and joint protection practices (including upper limb splinting)
  • Advice on how to simplify tasks, by teaching and practising new techniques in a supported situation.
  • Adjusting existing artefacts e.g. clothing alterations to promote independence & positive body image.

Vocational Rehabilitation – to prepare and facilitate the individual in an appropriate, safe and manageable return to employment.

Professional Advice – to meet intellectual, social, emotional, spiritual and physical needs. Unbiased advice when purchasing expensive devices e.g. wheelchairs, stair lifts

Case Management – to help people with catastrophic injuries coordinate all aspects of their care i.e. medical, rehabilitation, social, psychological and financial. Case management may involve sourcing professional services, managing the individual’s recovery and dealing with re-housing issues.

The Occupational Therapist at Pace is a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapy and registered with the Health Professions Council.