Occupational therapy

OTs are responsible for carrying out assessments and providing services that help you to remain safe and independent in your daily activities at home

About occupational therapy

Occupational Therapists (OTs) work with a range of people including those who have physical, mental and/ or social problems, either as a result of accident, illness or ageing. They are aware of the impact that changes in circumstances can have on individual’s independence and confidence.

Depending on your specific difficulties it may be possible to arrange for small adaptations or equipment to be directly provided. However, if the help you need is more complex, and you are eligible, they will arrange for a referral to be sent to your local Occupational Therapy Team for Hampshire. This assessment will take place either at a clinic or at your home.

You will be given advice or help about:

  • getting in and out of your home
  • managing the stairs
  • getting in and out of chairs and beds
  • getting on and off and using the toilet
  • using the bath or shower
  • managing kitchen activities, eg standing at the sink, getting food to a table

Types of solutions available:

  • rails
  • small pieces of equipment and minor adaptations
  • advice on easier ways of managing activities

If you need more substantial changes to your home (such as the installation of a stair lift, level-access shower or hoisting equipment) you may be eligible for a Disabled Facilities Grant from your local borough or district council to pay for alterations. Grants are means-tested, and applicants must have a permanent and substantial disability. You will need an Occupational Therapy assessment to support the request for a grant.

Contact the Occupation Therapy team

Contact the Occupational Therapy Team and speak with someone trained to give you specialist advice about the difficulties you are having.

  • Raise an online enquiry via our Contacts page.
  • Phone 0300 555 1386 (8:30am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday and 8:30am to 4:30pm Friday)

Professional referrals

Information for professionals wishing to make a referral to Adults’ Health and Care.