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 as well as work and leisure activities.
Pace’s Occupational Therapist can offer the following services:
Assessment & reporting
Our OT is able to provide the following assessments and reports for both upper and lower limb amputee patients:
- Initial Needs Assessments and Report Writing – including the use of standardised assessments and validated measurement tools
- Pre-amputation telephone triage assessments and brief letter of recommendation
- Pre-amputation face to face assessments and full report
- Telephone triage assessments to identify prosthetic and associated therapy pathway
- OT home environment assessments and associated reports including recommendations for equipment and home adaptations
- Vocational Rehabilitation Assessments and reports
- Functional Capacity Evaluations and reports
With our fantastic new and specialist OT room facilities (pictured below), we are in a unique position to provide specialist and functional OT input within clinic. This input is able to focus on daily function whilst replicating the home environment and the tasks individuals engage in every day. Treatment can also be provided 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
- Recommendations and sourcing of specialist assistive equipment and aids 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
- Professional Advice – to meet intellectual, social, emotional, spiritual and physical needs. Unbiased advice when purchasing expensive devices e.g. wheelchairs, stair lifts
Functional prosthetic training
The OT, alongside the upper limb team here at Pace, provides essential functional prosthetic training for patients trialling or receiving body powered or myo electric functional prosthesis. This is to support patients to become confident, competent users of their prosthesis to gain optimum functional benefits from them. This functional training is completed in both clinic and patient homes and work places.
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. Working within the prosthetic team, the OT is in a unique position to coordinate treatment, services and input for patients already known to our service and can combine this with patients visits and clinical intervention, providing a bespoke and cost-effective service for patients.
Vocational Training – Details about these services are outlined HERE.
The Occupational Therapist at Pace is a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapy and registered with the Health Professions Council.