Answer – Occupational Therapists (OT’s) work with a range of individuals around mental health, physical health, and cognitive impairment. OT’s also work with younger people transitioning into adulthood, older people struggling with their day-to-day tasks, disabled adults who want to maximise their life with chronic and long-term conditions. OT’s also work with the homeless, and individuals in prison.
OT’s support and arrange adaptations for people ranging from giving people a simple grab rail at the front door, to a stair lift or to major house extensions and kitchen redesigns for wheelchair accessibility. OT’s complete adaptation recommendations for people with limited ability to use their environment to carry out everyday tasks.
OT’s can also recommend techniques and different ways of doing tasks to reduce the need to have any equipment at all.
OT’s also assess for and recommend very complex equipment such as lifting equipment for bariatric individuals, specialists beds that turn into chairs and ceiling tracking systems that move people from room to room.
Cognitive abilities can also be assessed and OT’s work closely with social workers to assess people’s capacity. They work make recommendations to ensure individuals care meets their needs and to maximise people’s ability to make their own choices about how they live their life.