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Neurological rehabilitation

Brain and spinal injuries can be life changing. Our team of expert neurological occupational therapists support the rehabilitation process helping those affected and their families find their new version of normal. For some it will be to support a hospital discharge, adapt a new property and sourcing relevant equipment to maximise independence. For others we can work on community activities, daily routine, memory or fatigue management, cognitive function or returning to work.

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What is neurological rehabilitation?

Neurological rehabilitation under the care of an occupational therapist will consist of supporting and facilitating an individual to be as independent as possible in their daily life. For some this may involve focusing on improving reduced cognitive functions such as planning or memory, whereas for others it may be more focused on removing physical barriers to independence through well designed housing, assistive technology or equipment. Intervention is always goal orientated and focused around maximising and enabling independence, no matter what form this may take.

Our approach

We aim to provide relevant, timely, goal orientated rehabilitation programmes to clients in their own homes and communities. Our collaborative approach with the client at the centre involves working with other professionals (case managers, therapists) family members and carers to ensure rehabilitation is focused on making practical improvements. Our aim is to help clients and their families to become as independent as possible, as soon as possible, through result driven occupational therapy delivered by expert therapists.

Why use The OT Practice to provide neurological rehabilitation?

  • We believe that our role is to equip clients with the skills needed to become as independent as possible in their every day life, ultimately independent of and not dependent upon, the help we provide.
  • We provide expert advice from the moment you first call us. Our functional rehabilitation enquiries are answered by our office based, experienced occupational therapists who provide a free consultation to ensure we are the right service for you, your client or family member.
  • Using us allows rapid access to expert occupational therapy rehabilitation services avoiding long NHS or Social Service waiting lists.
  • We have a nationwide team of expert rehabilitation occupational therapists and will select the best therapist based on location and clinical need.
  • Our packages of care are provided into client’s own homes meaning that advice is realistic based on the environment and resources available.
  • We provide an all inclusive cost to ensure that our services are fully transparent from the start.

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Packages of care

Assessment & advice

An initial assessment is carried out in a client’s own home or rehabilitation unit to establish current challenges and goals allowing us to formulate recommendations for rehabilitation.

If a client is in a rehabilitation unit we can also visit their home or proposed new property to advise on adaptations and equipment needs.

We adopt a consultative approach to gather information from the MDT, family and carers ensuring recommendations are practical, in-line with expectations and within budget.

Treatment

Bespoke treatment packages are delivered through one to one sessions working towards functional goals that are realistic and achievable.

Treatment is tailored around the functional challenges that are identified during the assessment. Examples of neurological rehabilitation treatment programmes may be cognitive/memory strategies and development, community access, preparation and support with returning to work or voluntary work opportunities.

Sessions are delivered for as long as needed in blocks of 8 to allow us to review progress and goals as we go.

Home programmes

Not all clients will need one to one treatment sessions.

A home programme that is designed by us but carried out either independently or with family support can provide rehabilitation techniques and strategies to be implemented into every day life. A home activity programme has the advantage it can be completed when energy levels and time allows.

Falls Prevention

Falling over is a major cause of disability in the UK, with around half of falls resulting in significant injury leading to reduced confidence, social isolation and increased fragility.

However, many falls are easily preventable with a few adjustments around the home, along with physical activity to increase strength and balance.

The OT Practice offers an eight-week Falls Prevention Programme, all conducted within the home, to reduce the risk of falling while increasing mobility and confidence, including:

  • A full initial assessment of physical aptitude, domestic environment and mobility in and out-of-doors
  • Recommendations for home adaptations to reduce the risk of falls (installation can be arranged if desired)
  • An individualised, illustrated exercise programme to help increase strength, balance and flexibility
  • Guidance and practical demonstrations to help you cope in the event that a fall does occur
  • Advice to family and carers
  • Thorough and detailed reports will be provided after each assessment.

Fatigue management

Fatigue is a common difficulty associated with the recovery and adjustment phase of accident, illness or injury.

We specialise in bespoke neurological fatigue management programmes with guidance and support to enable the management of fatigue in daily life. The package is often 8 weeks of one to one sessions where we provide strategies and techniques to minimise the impact of fatigue on rehabilitation.

Training

Training to family, carers or support workers can compliment our other treatment packages or sit alone as a solution to an individuals rehabilitation needs.

Rehabilitation training packages are tailored to the needs and audience of each case and delivered in the environment that they will be working in.

Property reviews

Our team work with families or case managers to review proposed properties in order to assess them for suitability based on the client's current and likely future needs.

Once we have assessed the client and reviewed the properties we will be able to advise on appropriateness for adaptations, space for equipment, access and any other relevant factors to support the decision process for purchase or rental.

International services

A select team of our neurological rehabilitation experts travel overseas to provide one-to-one specialist assessment and treatment where needed.

Whether for an intensive block of rehabilitation or to set up a programme with carers, our carefully selected international occupational therapy team provide a discrete service with the highest levels of clinical care.

Joanna

Kent, South East of England

Based in Kent, Joanna provides expert occupational therapy helping adult clients with complex, neurological conditions.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

East Anglia, London, South East of England, Essex, Kent, London - Central, London - North, London - South, London - West

Specialisms

Vocational Rehabilitation, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

AMPS

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Routine planning, Financial management, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care

Marie

Merseyside, North West England

Based in Merseyside, Marie provides expert neurological occupational therapy and rehabilitation to adults at home.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, West Midlands, Wales, Cheshire, Merseyside, Shropshire, Conwy, Flintshire, Wrexham, Liverpool

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Visual perception, Balance, Planning & execution, Self care, Social integration

Lucy

Cambridgeshire, East Anglia

Qualifying in 1999, Lucy specialises in seating & postural management, rehabilitation and housing & equipment for adults.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

East Midlands, East Anglia, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Suffolk

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Vocational Rehabilitation, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation

Further qualifications

AMPS, Train the trainer

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Pain management, Motivational issues, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Behaviour management, Co-ordination, Self care, Social integration

Gemma

Birmingham, Worcestershire

Working in the area of rehabilitation and adaptations, Gemma provides expert Occupational Therapy to clients in the West Midlands.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, West Midlands, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Shropshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire, Birmingham, Manchester

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Motivational issues, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Self care, Social integration

Sharron

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Working across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, Sharron is an expert OT who works with adult clients in their own homes.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North East England, Derbyshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, Humberside, Lincolnshire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire

Specialisms

Hand Therapy, Housing and Equipment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Behaviour management, Visual perception, Balance, Co-ordination, Self care, Postural managemen, Splinting, Wheelchair accreditation, Anxiety management & relaxation

Jane

Kent, South East of England

Jane is based in Kent and is a highly skilled OT, working with clients in their own homes.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South East of England, Kent, London - South, London - East

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling

Further qualifications

Train the trainer

Specialist skills

Routine planning, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Self care

Paul

Leicester, Worcestershire

Working in South Yorkshire, East & West Midlands, Paul carries out expert assessments and treatment of adults with various needs.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, West Midlands, East Midlands, East Anglia, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, PIPs, Self care

Jacqueline

London - Central, Middlesex

Based in London, Jacqueline provides expert paediatric therapy helping children with handwriting, sensory processing and specialist seating needs.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, South East of England, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, London - Central

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration, BOBATH

Liz

Bristol, Gloucestershire

Based in Gloucestershire, Liz provides expert occupational therapy to adult clients with a range of needs in their own home.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, Avon, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, Cardiff, Monmouthshire, The Vale of Glamorgan, Bristol

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Fatigue management, Pain management, Motivational issues, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Co-ordination, Self care, Social integration, Anxiety management & relaxation

Sarah

West Yorkshire, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Qualifying in 2007, Sarah specialises in seating & postural management, housing & equipment and rehabilitation for adult clients.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, Humberside, Lincolnshire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford, Wakefield, Hull

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Pain management, Daily living skills, Self care, Social integration

Anita

Plymouth, Devon

Based in Plymouth, Anita is a highly skilled paediatric OT working with children and their families across the south west.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West Midlands, West and South West of England, South of England, Wales, Devon, Plymouth

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Functional rehabilitation

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration

Specialist skills

Counselling, Daily living skills, Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Behaviour management, Balance, Co-ordination, School Based Therapy/Support, Anxiety management & relaxation

Kimann

Surrey, London

Having trained and worked internationally, Kimann specialises in rehabilitation, housing & equipment and seating & postural management.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

East Anglia, London, South East of England, East Sussex, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Middlesex, Surrey

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration, AMPS

Specialist skills

Counselling, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Fatigue management, Pain management, Motivational issues, Routine planning, Financial management, Daily living skills, Sensory integration, Behaviour management, Self care, Social integration, Anxiety management & relaxation

Louise

Suffolk, South East of England

Trained in advanced sensory integration techniques, Louise treats both children and adults at home, school and work.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

East Anglia, South East of England, Essex, Suffolk

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Vocational Rehabilitation, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration

Specialist skills

Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Sensory integration, Behaviour management, Social integration, Anxiety management & relaxation

Elizabeth

Cardiff, The Vale of Glamorgan

Liz is an expert neurological rehabilitation specialist working with clients in their own homes across Wales and the West Midlands.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West Midlands, Wales, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire, Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Swansea, Torfaen, The Vale of Glamorgan, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Swansea

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Hand Therapy, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

BOBATH

Specialist skills

PIPs, Fatigue management, Motivational issues, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Visual perception, Balance, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Postural managemen, Splinting, Wheelchair accreditation

Gary

Plymouth, Cornwall

Visiting clients across the UK, Gary provides expert treatment in the areas of rehabilitation and housing adaptations.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, North East England, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, West Midlands, East Midlands, East Anglia, London, South of England, South East of England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Avon, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Plymouth

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

AMPS, Ergonomics

Specialist skills

Motivational interviewing, Fatigue management, Daily living skills

Victoria

Bedfordshire, East Anglia

Based in Bedfordshire, Victoria is an expert neurological occupational therapist having completed a postgraduate diploma in Neuro-Rehabilitation.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

East Anglia, London, South East of England, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, London - Central, London - North, London - East, London - West

Specialisms

Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

Train the trainer

Holly

Manchester, Cheshire

Trained in advanced hand therapy techniques, Holly helps clients by delivering rehabilitation assesments in their home environment.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, Liverpool, Manchester, Derby

Specialisms

Hand Therapy, Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Co-ordination, Self care, Splinting

Ebby

Glasgow, West Lothian

Having worked internationally, Ebby provides expert occupational therapy helping adults with functional and neurological rehabilitation at home.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Scotland, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Argyll and Bute, Borders, Clackmannan, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh (City of), Falkirk, Glasgow (City of), Inverclyde, Midlothian, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Glasgow, Edinburgh

Specialisms

Hand Therapy, Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Community access, Planning & execution, Self care, Social integration

Louisa

Bristol, Newport

Specialising in rehabilitation, Louisa provides expert occupational therapy to clients across south west England and the south of Wales.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, Wales, Avon, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Cardiff, Newport, Bristol, Cardiff

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Visual perception, Planning & execution, Self care, Social integration, Postural managemen

Ian

West Yorkshire, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Qualifying in 1976, Ian specialises in rehabilitation, moving & handling and seating & postural management for adult clients.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, North East England, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, Durham, East Riding of Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Leeds

Specialisms

Vocational Rehabilitation, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

BIA

Specialist skills

Counselling, PIPs, Motivational issues, Daily living skills, Community access, Behaviour management, Planning & execution

Jan

London

Jan is an expert rehabilitation occupational therapist, delivering specialist neurological, vocational and functional assessments to clients at home.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

East Anglia, London, Essex, London - Central, London - East

Specialisms

Vocational Rehabilitation, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

AMPS

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Pain management, Motivational issues, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Planning & execution, Self care, Anxiety management & relaxation

Ellie

Southampton, Hampshire

Ellie is a highly regarded Occupational Therapist specialising in Neurological rehabilitation and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome covering Hampshire and the South.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South of England, Hampshire, Southampton

Specialisms

Vocational Rehabilitation, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Self care, Postural managemen, Splinting

Carolyn

Southampton, Hampshire

Working across Berkshire, Hampshire and London, Carolyn specialises in Neurological and Functional Rehabilitation and is an expert in her field.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South of England, Berkshire, Hampshire, London - South, London - West, Southampton

Specialisms

Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

AMPS

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Behaviour management, Visual perception, Planning & execution, Self care

Morag

Edinburgh, Edinburgh (City of)

An expert occupational therapist based in Edinburgh, Morag specialises in rehabilitation, moving & handling and housing & equipment.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Scotland, Borders, Clackmannan, East Lothian, Edinburgh (City of), Falkirk, Fife, Midlothian, Perthshire and Kinross, West Lothian, Edinburgh

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Pain management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Visual perception, Balance, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Postural managemen, Anxiety management & relaxation

Simon

London

Simon is an expert occupational therapist, delivering specialist housing and rehabilitation assessments to clients at home.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, South East of England , London - Central, London - North, London - South, London - East, London - West

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

BIA

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Fatigue management, Pain management, Daily living skills, Community access

Heather

Northamptonshire, East Midlands

Located in Northampton, Heather provides specialist neurological assessments to clients in their home environment.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West Midlands, East Midlands, East Anglia, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Rutland, Warwickshire

Specialisms

Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

AMPS

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Fine motor skills, Visual perception, Planning & execution, Self care, Postural managemen, Splinting

Veronica

London

Having worked internationally, Veronica delivers specialist vocational and neurological rehabilitation assessments to clients at home or at work.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, South East of England, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Middlesex, Surrey, London - West

Specialisms

Hand Therapy, Vocational Rehabilitation, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

BOBATH

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Pain management, Daily living skills

Lindsey

Powys, Wales

Working across South Wales, Lindsey is an expert Occupational Therapist providing personalised assessments and treatment plans for her clients.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Wales, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Powys

Specialisms

Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Pain management, Daily living skills, Self care, Anxiety management & relaxation

Annie

West Sussex, South East of England

Annie is an expert occupational therapist specialising in neurology working with clients in their own homes in the south east.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South East of England, East Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, West Sussex, Brighton

Specialisms

Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Visual perception, Planning & execution, Self care, Wheelchair accreditation

Jacquie

London - North, Hertfordshire

Jacquie works with clients in their own homes across the south, she specialises in rehabilitation in stoke and brain injury.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, South East of England, Bedfordshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, London - Central, London - North

Specialisms

Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

BOBATH

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Routine planning, Financial management, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Visual perception, Planning & execution, Self care, Social integration, Postural managemen, Splinting

Alex

London - Central, Middlesex

Based in London, Alex provides expert occupational therapy helping adults with brain injury, neurological disorders and physical disabilities.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, Middlesex, London - Central, London - North, London - South, London - East, London - West

Specialisms

Hand Therapy, Housing and Equipment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Pain management, Routine planning, Financial management, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Behaviour management, Visual perception, Planning & execution, Self care

Lucy

London - North, Surrey

Lucy is experienced at providing specialist occupational therapy assessment and intervention to clients with a range of neurological diagnoses.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, South East of England, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Surrey, London - Central, London - North, London - West

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Balance, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Social integration, Postural managemen, Splinting, Wheelchair accreditation

Carien

Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

Based in Scotland, Carien provides expert paediatric therapy helping children with handwriting, sensory and complex physical needs.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Scotland, Cumbria, Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, East Ayrshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh (City of), Fife, Glasgow (City of), Midlothian, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Perthshire and Kinross, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, West Lothian, Glasgow, Edinburgh

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration

Specialist skills

Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Fatigue management, Pain management, Motivational issues, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Behaviour management, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Balance, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Social integration

Sarah S

Southampton, Hampshire

Sarah works with clients across Hampshire and provides detailed assessments and treatment plans to clients in their own homes.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South of England, Hampshire, Southampton

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Functional rehabilitation

Further qualifications

AMPS

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Community access, Self care, Social integration

Becky

Birmingham, Worcestershire

Having worked internationally, Becky is an expert neurological occupational therapist, delivering specialist assessments to clients at home.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West Midlands, West and South West of England, Herefordshire, Shropshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire, Birmingham, Wolverhampton

Specialisms

Vocational Rehabilitation, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Fine motor skills, Co-ordination, Self care

Jessica

Nottingham, West Midlands

Jessica is a highly skilled Occupational Therapist who works with adults. Jessica covers the East Midlands area.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

East Midlands, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, West Midlands, Birmingham, Coventry, Nottingham, Leicester, Stoke-on-Trent, Derby

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Routine planning, Financial management, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Visual perception, Balance, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Postural managemen, Wheelchair accreditation

Stephanie

Wrexham, North West England

Based in Cheshire, Stephanie provides expert occupational therapy to adult clients. She specialises in neurological rehabilitation.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, Wales, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, West Yorkshire, Wrexham, Liverpool, Manchester, Salford

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Routine planning, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Self care

Aisling

London - North, Middlesex

Aisling is an expert occupational therapist working in the field of neurological rehabilitation with clients in their own homes.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, Middlesex, London - Central, London - North

Specialisms

Hand Therapy, Vocational Rehabilitation, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling

Further qualifications

AMPS

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Routine planning, Financial management, Daily living skills, Community access, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, DMO (Lycra) Splinting, Splinting, Wheelchair accreditation

Anthea

Oxfordshire, South East of England

Qualifying in 1985, Anthea specialises in seating & postural management, rehabilitation and housing & equipment for children and adults.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South of England, South East of England, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Daily living skills, Community access

Joanne

Suffolk, East Anglia

Jo is an expert OT working with clients with neurological conditions in their own homes in East Anglia.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

East Anglia, Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk

Specialisms

Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Self care

Samantha

Hertfordshire, East Anglia

Samantha is an expert occupational therapist, delivering specialist seating, hand therapy, neurological and functional rehabilitation assessments to clients at home.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

East Anglia, London, South East of England, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, London - Central, London - North

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Hand Therapy, Housing and Equipment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills

Samantha

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Trained in advanced sensory integration and therapeutic listening techniques, Sam helps families by treating children at home, school and nursery.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North East England, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Humberside, Lancashire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford, Manchester, Wakefield, Salford

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration, Therapeutic listening

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Community access, Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Behaviour management, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Social integration

Jane

Wiltshire, South East of England

Qualifying in 2000, Jane specialises in housing & equipment, rehabilitation and seating & postural management for adults and children.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, South of England, South East of England, Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Southampton

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Amie

Bristol, Somerset

Amie is a highly experienced Occupational Therapist specialising in Neuro-Rehabilitation covering the Somerset, Bath & Bristol and West Wiltshire areas.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, Avon, Somerset, Bristol

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Vocational Rehabilitation, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Fine motor skills, Planning & execution, Self care, Postural managemen

Joanne

Worcestershire, West Midlands

Based in Warwickshire, Joanne specialises in seating & postural management, moving & handling and functional rehabilitation.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West Midlands, East Midlands, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire, Birmingham, Leicester, Stoke-on-Trent

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Self care, Wheelchair accreditation, Anxiety management & relaxation

Caroline

Kent, South East of England

Caroline is an expert occupational therapist, specialising in neurological, functional and vocational rehabilitation, as well as housing & equipment.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South East of England, East Sussex, Kent

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Functional rehabilitation

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Self care

Catriona

London - South, London

Based in London Catriona is an expert Occupational Therapist, working with children with a range of conditions.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, South East of England , London - South

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Functional rehabilitation

Further qualifications

Chailey Postural Management

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Pain management, Daily living skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Co-ordination, Self care, Postural managemen, School Based Therapy/Support, Anxiety management & relaxation

Caroline

Brighton, West Sussex

Caroline is an expert occupational therapist working with clients with neurological conditions in their own homes in the South East.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South East of England, Berkshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, West Sussex, Brighton

Specialisms

Vocational Rehabilitation, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Visual perception, Co-ordination, Self care, Postural managemen, Wheelchair accreditation, Anxiety management & relaxation

Val

Cornwall, West and South West of England

Val is an accredited Best Interests Assessor, delivering specialist assessments to clients at home.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, West Midlands, East Midlands, West and South West of England, Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Isles of Scilly, Bristol, Plymouth, Salford

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

AMPS, BIA, Therapeutic listening

Specialist skills

Counselling, DFG Assessments, Fatigue management, Motivational issues, Daily living skills, Community access

Nina

Southampton, Berkshire

Qualifying in 2006, Nina specialises in housing & equipment, seating & postural management and rehabilitation for adults.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, South of England, South East of England, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Southampton

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

Train the trainer

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Pain management, Daily living skills, Community access, Visual perception, Balance, Self care

Anne

Wiltshire, South East of England

Anne is an expert neurological occupational therapist, delivering specialist rehabilitation to adult and elderly clients at home.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West Midlands, East Midlands, London, South of England, Avon, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Bristol, Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Wiltshire

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Planning & execution, Self care

Gillian

Southampton, Wiltshire

Gill is an expert Occupational Therapist working across the south of England and London, visiting clients in their own homes.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South of England, Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Middlesex, Oxfordshire, Surrey, West Sussex, Wiltshire, Southampton

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling

Further qualifications

Train the trainer

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Self care, Postural managemen

Emma

London - South, West Sussex

Emma is an expert rehabilitation OT working with clients in Surrey and the surrounding area in their own homes.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, South East of England, East Sussex, Kent, Surrey, West Sussex, London - South

Specialisms

Functional rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Motivational interviewing, Fatigue management, Pain management, Daily living skills, Community access, Self care, Anxiety management & relaxation

Paula

Warwickshire, West Midlands

Paula is an expert neurological occupational therapist, delivering specialist functional and vocational rehabilitation assessments to clients at home.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West Midlands, East Midlands, South East of England, Buckinghamshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands

Specialisms

Vocational Rehabilitation, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Fine motor skills, Behaviour management, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Planning & execution, Self care

Hubert

London - North, Middlesex

Hubert is a specialist Occupational Therapist working with clients in the home counties in their own homes.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, South of England, South East of England, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, London - Central, London - North, London - South, London - East, London - West

Specialisms

Hand Therapy, Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

BOBATH

Specialist skills

Routine planning, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Balance, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Postural managemen, Splinting

Debbie

Leicester, Rutland

Debbie is an expert neurological occupational therapist, delivering specialist rehabilitation and seating assessments to clients at home.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

East Midlands, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Coventry, Leicester, Derby

Specialisms

Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Routine planning, Daily living skills, Visual perception

Joy

Derbyshire, East Midlands

Joy is an expert neurological occupational therapist, delivering specialist rehabilitation and seating assessments to clients at home.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, West Midlands, East Midlands, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire

Specialisms

Vocational Rehabilitation, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Motivational interviewing, Fatigue management, Motivational issues, Routine planning, Financial management, Daily living skills, Fine motor skills, Visual perception, Planning & execution, Self care, Social integration, Anxiety management & relaxation

Laura

Warwickshire, South East of England

Trained in advanced postural management and rehabilitation techniques, Laura provides expert occupational therapy to clients at home.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West Midlands, East Midlands, London, South of England, South East of England, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Warwickshire

Specialisms

Vocational Rehabilitation, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

AMPS

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Behaviour management, Visual perception, Planning & execution, Self care

Annabelle

Oxfordshire, South of England

Annabelle is an expert Occupational Therapist working with clients with complex neurological, physical and cognitive needs in and around Oxfordshire.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South of England, Oxfordshire

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Sam

Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

Working in the North West and West Midlands, Sam is an expert OT working in the area of Neurological Rehabilitation.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, West Midlands, East Midlands, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Greater Manchester, Shropshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands, Newport, Manchester, Stoke-on-Trent

Specialisms

Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Behaviour management, Visual perception, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Social integration, Splinting, Anxiety management & relaxation

Services for businesses, organisations and the public sector

Case managers

Comprehensive, goal orientated OT services for your clients in their own homes & community.

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Solicitors

Professional assessment reports and treatment for your client's rehabilitation needs.

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Healthcare concierge

Assessment and treatment services for clients in their own homes both in the UK and internationally.

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Charity

Working with charities to provide reports and recommendations for grant funding applications.

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NHS trusts

Comprehensive assessments and treatment programmes for clients in the community or NHS settings.

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Commonly asked questions about our neurological rehabilitation service

Questions about difficulties that our OT's help with

My son has hidden difficulties after his brain injury such as memory and concentration, how can an occupational therapist help him improve these?

An experienced occupational therapist would be able to implement a variety of techniques and strategies to assist your son to improve his memory and concentration.

In order for them to do this they would need to have a discussion with you and your son to explore what his memory and concentration was like prior to the brain injury, the injury itself and how this is affecting currently. The OT is likely to use some standardised assessments to identify where these difficulties are coming from and what day to day circumstances they are likely to be seen in.

Some of the activities that our occupational therapists may implement include games that require a person to use their concentration and/or memory skills e.g. word searches, card games. By using these activities in a graded and therapeutic manner they will develop and improve these skills and be able to transfer them into day to day live both at home, school/work. The treatment plans and activities used will vary from person to person and will be in response to specific needs and level and type of restriction.

Find out more about forgetfulness and memory problems and how our OT’s can help.

Why am I struggling to plan my day or an every day activity such a making a meal after a brain injury and how can an occupational therapist help?

To initiate and organise a plan of action, be it for one activity or a full day, you need to be able to:

  • Think ahead.
  • Concentrate.
  • Remember things.
  • Gather and process information.
  • Prioritise.

If you have experienced a brain injury, particularly of you have damaged the front of your brain you could have difficulties with your initiation, planning and organisation skills. This could explain your difficulties.

An occupational therapist can work with you to identify what the daily challenges are and why you are experiencing them. They can then work with you to provide practical advice and support to implement strategies to move forwards. Examples could include:

  • Assisting you to minimise distractions.
  • Development of a simple set programme and routine.
  • The use of diaries and other assistive technologies.

The treatment plans and strategies/activities used will vary from person to person and will be in response to your specific needs and challenges.

Find out more about planning activities and how our OT’s can help.

How can an occupational therapist help with fatigue?

Fatigue is described as a subjective feeling of tiredness which is distinct from weakness and has a gradual onset. Fatigue can have both a physical or mental cause and can generally be alleviated by periods of rest.

Our experienced occupational therapists would explore the suspected reasoning for fatigue and implement a number of techniques and strategies to assist in its management and reduction.

In order to assist a client with how best to manage their fatigue, it is necessary to understand their lifestyle. An expert occupational therapist would be able to complete a full and in-depth assessment to determine the effect of lifestyle on your fatigue levels. They will then provide practical and achievable recommendations in order to provide you with the skills and support you require to move forwards.

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What kind of equipment is available to help maintain independence following a spinal injury?

There are many different types of equipment that is available to help maximise independence following a spinal injury. Some can be used on a temporary basis during the rehabilitation stage, where other items can become a permanent aid to independence and safely.

The types of equipment that would help maintain independence depends on the type and significance of the spinal injury and can include smaller items such as lever taps, perching stools, bath seats or larger, more complex equipment such as wheelchairs, ramps, internal lifts, adapted vehicles, fully adapted bathrooms or kitchens.

Following an assessment our occupational therapist will provide a full list of proposed suitable equipment and suppliers. We are able to assist with arranging trial as required to ensure that you purchase the most suitable equipment for your needs and lifestyle.

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I need to make some modifications to my home, how can an occupational therapist help?

An occupational therapist can advise on suitable alterations to your home to maximise your safety and independence. Our specialist occupational therapists would visit you at home to assess how your environment can best support your needs.

Our occupational therapists will seek to look at all aspects that can affect your ability to complete activities within your home including:

  • Access in, out and around your home.
  • Activities completed within the bathroom such as transferring in and out of the bath, on and off the toilet, standing at the basin for teeth cleaning, washing or shaving.
  • The kitchen and if there are any challenges due to the current design and layout.

They can then provide practical and achievable recommendations on any alterations that can reduce risk and make your daily life easier.

Suggestions maybe:

  • Minor such as the removal of rugs to reduce falls, the installation of grab rails or some aids for the kitchen.
  • More significant such as stair lifts, removal of the bath and the installation of a level access shower or wet room for example.

Find out more about our housing and equipment service and how our OT’s can help.

I can not access my bath and need to adapt my bathroom, what advice can you provide?

Successfully negotiating getting into and out of the bath, requires a high level of both upper and lower limb muscle strength, balance and stamina. It is one of the most common challenges associated with a change in mobility levels regardless of the cause.

An occupational therapist can work with you to assess this activity and provide any short term / small changes that may assist if you would prefer not to remove your bath initially. These may include; the use of battery operated bath lifts, teaching you different transfer techniques or the installation of grab rails.

However if the occupational therapist felt you were at risk completing this transfer, if you have a deteriorating condition or just wish to move to showering straight away, they will be able to advise on the most appropriate solution to meet your needs.

There are many considerations to be made when adapting your bathroom to ensure that it meets your immediate and also longer term needs, for example:

  • Whether to move to a wet room style shower area or a level access option.
  • Do you require a seat in the new shower area and if so what style will best suit your immediate and long term needs?
  • Do you require grab rails located in the shower area and if so where?
  • Are you going to be showering independently or will you require a carer to support you, either currently or in the future?
  • Who else is going to be using the space?
  • Do you have any sensory impairments such as reduced sensation, visual or hearing loss?
  • If you have a history of falls, seizures or an unstable medical condition how will you ensure help is available if required?

We also recognise the importance of aesthetics in bathroom design and recognise the importance of a bathroom being a beautiful, relaxing and functional space for you and your family.

An occupational therapist will complete a full assessment with you to identify a bespoke specification for your bathroom. We work with nationally placed bathroom companies that we can put you in touch with to ensure your bathroom is installed by a trusted and experienced contractor.

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Questions about conditions our OT's help with

How can an occupational therapist help with community rehabilitation following a brain injury?

There are many different ways an occupational therapist can assist with community rehabilitation following a brain injury. The methods, techniques, services and strategies offered depend on the severity of injury and the challenges they are experiencing in day to day life as a result.

Our experienced occupational therapists would visit a client at home or in a rehabilitation unit prior to discharge, to assess their previous and current levels of mobility and cognitive ability, their goals for rehabilitation and their progress and rehabilitation journey to date. From here we can create a goal orientated, practical and realistic rehabilitation programme.

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My son has a spinal injury and is due to be discharged from a rehabilitation unit. I want to pay for some additional rehabilitation, can you help?

Yes - We are able to provide a comprehensive and intensive period of home based rehabilitation for as long as your son was making progress and desired our involvement. Ideally we would visit your son in the current rehabilitation unit to liaise with his therapy and medical team, this ensures we can compliment their work so far. We would also use this as an opportunity to assess your son’s current levels of mobility and identify his challenges.

Once we had met your son, it would be helpful for us to assess the home environment prior to his discharge. This allows us to work with the current therapy team to ensure that there is the appropriate equipment in place. Home adaptations can take some time to be installed and so depending on the level of injury we may look at instigating these at this stage also.

Once your son is home we would work with him to set realistic and achievable goals for rehabilitation and establish a therapy routine. Goals are unique for each person and often smaller goals are set along the way to achieving a more significant milestone including:

  • Learning to use environmental technologies to control his environment including: using his telephone, selecting music or the television, controlling lights, opening and closing the front door to allow access for example.
  • Looking at the return to old or identifying new hobbies such as wheelchair sports.
  • Vocational activities should they wish to return to voluntary or paid employment.
  • Maximising opportunities for social engagement.
  • Driving or being able to access a vehicle.
  • Maximising independence with showering and dressing.

Find out more about spinal injury and how our OT’s can help.

How can I maintain my independence with a diagnosis of Huntington’s disease?

Occupational therapists can help people with the challenges of huntington's disease in a number of ways.

Through a thorough and collaborative assessment with you and your family, we will identify the current areas of difficulty and plan for the challenges you are likely to experience in the future.

Our experienced occupational therapists can help implement strategies to minimise and manage fatigue symptoms, make reasonable adjustments to work and daily routines, as well as offer the provision of suitable daily living aids, equipment and adaptations.

Find out more about huntington’s disease and how our OT’s can help.

My father has Parkinson’s disease and wants to remain at home, how can an occupational therapist help?

Our specialist occupational therapists would visit your father at home to assess his home environment and how he moves around it. This would include looking at all areas of daily living within the home from when he gets up in the morning to when he goes to bed in the evening.

This assessment allows us to identify any potential risks, the challenges he is currently experiencing and likely ones for the future, his daily routine and goals for remaining as independent as possible.

With this information we can then provide practical and achievable advice on how to maximise his independence for as long as possible. Recommendations are likely to include:

  • Small changes to the home environment to reduce the risk of falling (removal of rugs and clutter for example).
  • Small items of equipment to allow him to make and move meals and drinks around the ground floor safely.
  • An appropriate seat and bed to reduce the challenge of rising from sitting or lying.
  • Teaching of techniques to reduce the episodes of ‘freezing’ often associated with parkinson’s disease.
  • Advice on alternatives to using the stairs for when this becomes challenging.
  • Bathroom adaptations to maximise independence for as long as possible and then to ensure he can be supported by carers with minimal risk and maximum dignity.
  • Looking at access to and from the home i.e. ramping.
  • Advice on outdoor mobility and if a wheelchair would be of benefit we can advise on this.

Find out more about parkinson’s disease and how our OT’s can help.