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Date: 2 June 2020
Occupational therapy can help people live a more independent and productive lifestyle. An Occupational Therapist will assist you to increase your level of independence through meaningful activities, helping you to adapt to your condition.
Various interventions may be used to achieve this, including the following:
- Assessment of function:
- Daily personal activities such as: getting washed, dressing, toileting and feeding
- Daily domestic activities such as: housework, shopping and kitchen activities
- Education of your condition, joint protection and energy conservation
- Exploring coping skills within your environment
- Provision of equipment
- Hand assessment, hand exercises and splintage
- 'Informal' psychological support
- Referrals to other agencies (e.g. The Wheelchair Service)
- Education regarding resources/facilities available to assist in achieving/maintaining your independence
To be assessed by the occupational therapist you will need be referred by one of the Rheumatology Team. You may be seen as either an inpatient or as an outpatient.
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