Keys can be hard to turn if you have any problems with mobility in your hands. These gadgets help you to make gripping easier.
Occupational Therapy (OT) aims to enable and empower you to perform the day-today activities that matter most to you. It is an important and integral part of the support we offer for people with MS, and increases people’s independence and wellbeing in all aspects of life.
Our occupational therapist will consider all of your physical, psychological and social needs to maximise your potential to lead an active and fulfilling lifestyle. They work closely with you and, if appropriate your family and carers, to develop a clear understanding of your individual difficulties and priorities for treatment.
Depending on your situation, treatment sessions may include equipment advice, information about local resources/services, education on adaptive strategies, practical sessions, group work and social activities. We also offer tips and advice to help with everyday tasks online.
HOW COULD OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY BENEFIT ME?
Occupational therapy can help to make everyday tasks more manageable, and help you to reach your goals. If you are having any difficulties in any of the following areas then OT will be beneficial to you:
Self-care activities –washing/dressing, eating, using the toilet, functional mobility (e.g. transferring from bed to chair) and driving.
Domestic/work activities –laundry, food preparation, money management, employment, caring for others, using a computer and DIY.
Leisure activities –continuing existing hobbies and activities, finding out about new activities and social groups.
Your ability to perform chosen activities would be discussed with consideration of any changes in your physical functioning, any changes in your thinking skills, plus your emotional/psychological wellbeing. At the start of any treatment programme, your rehabilitation goals will be agreed and sessions would then be geared to help you to achieve your goals using a range of approaches.
HOW TO ACCESS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY?
Requirement for Occupational Therapy will usually be identified in your initial and review assessments. Based on the referral our administration team will get in touch to offer an assessment appointment to identify your goals and treatment plan. Depending on your goals you may be offered a course of therapy or signposted to other related services.
TIPS TO HELP WITH EVERYDAY TASKS
A food preparation board is a great tool to use if you have limited use of one hand.