Our Occupational Therapist (OT) helps people who have difficulties with their everyday home, work and leisure activities, occurring as a result of joint problems/ arthritis.
The OT will work with you to find solutions to these difficulties, helping you to carry on with your daily living activities as independently as possible.
Occupational Therapy may be able to help you in a number of ways, depending on your needs. The OT may explore:
Splints to support your joints during activity or rest.
Provision of or advice on equipment to help with everyday tasks.
Advice on conserving energy & pacing activities to help manage fatigue.
Advice on protecting & reducing strain on joints.
The OT works closely with other agencies including social services & voluntary community services, as well as other members of the rheumatology team, to enable people to live as independently as possible.
You will normally see the OT at a hospital out patient's appointment; however, in some instances you may be assessed at home if special equipment or adaptations are required.
Access to the rheumatology OT is through a referral from one of the rheumatology consultants or nurses or your GP.