Occupational Therapy Manchester 

 

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapists are health and social care professionals who help people of all ages – babies, children, adults, and older people – to carry out activities (or occupations) they need, want or are expected to do, but are prevented from doing so as a result of physical or mental illness, disability, or as a result of changes in their lives as they get older. Occupational Therapy provides support to these people.

Occupational therapists can suggest alternative ways of doing activities, providing advice on learning new approaches, helping people to get the most from life. For example, an occupational therapist can help people with the following activities:

 

Self-care

 

Getting dressed, preparing and eating meals.

 

Productivity Going to or remaining in work, volunteering, studying, or caring for others.

 

Leisure Playing sports, shopping with friends, or doing hobbies.

 

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OT assisting a patient

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How can occupational therapy help people with Dementia?

 

‘For leisure, learning, living or working, Occupational therapy; Helping people to live life their way’

 

The video below describes how occupational therapists can help older people:

 

 

Dementia is a progressive condition but you can live well with dementia. An occupational therapist can help by supporting people with Dementia to remain active. Taking part in activities (or occupations) gives you control and choice.

 

What you do shapes your identity, your feelings of self-worth and connects you with other people.

 

Occupational therapy enables people to participate in daily life to improve their health and well-being. Daily life is made up of many occupations. Occupations may include self-care (getting ready to go out or eating a meal), being productive (going to work or volunteering), and leisure (socialising with friends or doing hobbies).

 

Some of the ways Occupational therapy can help you to live well with dementia:

 

Retaining independence

 

An occupational therapist will encourage you to remain as independent as possible. They might suggest strategies or changes to the home, aid your memory or offer advice on technology and equipment. 
Staying safe

 

Many people with dementia become less steady on their feet. An occupational therapist can suggest ways of reducing the risk of having a slip, trip or fall. They can also advise on simple-to-use safety devices and alarms.

 

Communicating and sharing memories Reminiscence and life stories connect people with families and friends and these stories can be used to help health and social care staff to get to know you. An occupational therapist can help you communicate your stories so people around you can understand what is important to you.

 

Advising carers

 

An occupational therapist can advise carers on how best to help you maintain skills, your roles, and routines. Carers will also be coached into not doing everything for you so that you can retain your independence and feel self-reliant.

 

 

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Occupational Therapist Assessment

 

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If you would like to learn more about how an occupational therapist can help people overcome common difficulties associated with memory difficulties and Dementia or would like to arrange an assessment, call First Memory Clinic now on 0161 961 9616 and we will be happy to help. CONTACT US