Occupational therapy for adults and older people

What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapists help people overcome the effects of disability caused by illness, ageing or accident so that they can carry out everyday tasks or occupations. By "Occupation" we mean practical and purposeful activities that allow people to live independently with a sense of identity. This could be essential day-to-day tasks such as self-care, work or leisure.

Occupational therapists consider a person's physical, psychological, social and environmental needs. Their support can make a real difference - giving people a new sense of purpose, and changing the way they feel about the future.

Practical support is provided to help recovery and remove barriers stopping people from carrying out the activities (or occupations) that matter to them. This support increases people's independence and satisfaction in all aspects of life.

Occupational therapists support people of all ages with a wide range of conditions. This is often those who have difficulties due to a mental health illness, physical or learning disabilities. Occupational therapists work in various settings. This includes health services, social care, housing providers, education, voluntary organisations or as independent practitioners.

Getting help with everyday tasks

If you are struggling to carry out day to day tasks, please visit the Safe and Well website in the first instance. 

Safe and Well is provided by our partner NRS Healthcare. You can:

  • get advice on daily living aids
  • find out where to try out equipment
  • contact an occupational therapist

Getting an occupational therapy assessment

If Safe and Well is unable to meet your needs, you can contact us to request an occupational therapy assessment. 

Contact us

Telephone: 0345 045 5202
8am to 6pm Monday to Friday
9am to 1pm on Saturday

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