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Occupational therapists

Occupational therapists work with people of all abilities and all ages to do the things they want to and need to do through the use of therapeutic activities and equipment.

OTs (for short) find ways for you or your family member to do tasks more easily in all parts of your lives. This includes:

  • at home
  • cooking
  • at work or school
  • having fun
  • out and about
  • driving
  • being part of the community

OTs do this through asking and seeing what you can do. When they know about your movement and strength in any particular activity, OTs can give you advice about how best to do something more easily and safely.

OTs can also prescribe, if necessary, devices to help you do the activities you want and need. They will make sure you can use the device in the best way to meet your needs. This means that you will get a total solution and not just a product.

OTs can develop a personal care support profile (including pressure care) to instruct direct care workers about how to safely support you and respect your preferences in your daily life.

Find out more about occupational therapists