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