What is Occupational Therapy?
"Occupational therapy is a profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by enabling people to do things that will enhance their ability to participate or by modifying the environment to better support participation"
World Federation of Occupational Therapists 2004
Occupational therapists work with anyone who may be experiencing physical, psychological and/or social problems, either from birth or as a result of trauma, illness or ageing. A therapist's goal is to help clients enjoy independent, productive and satisfying lives by providing a range of support services to help people to regain a range of skills, to maintain daily routines and live as independently as possible.
When people cannot participate effectively in the activities of daily living which are essential to quality of life – such as having a shower, preparing a meal, getting dressed, or going to work – an occupational therapist has the ideal skills mix to work with people to improve their functional capacity and therefore their quality of life.
Occupational therapists can help people to develop or recover daily living and work skills, either through the use of purposeful activity or via specialist aids and adaptations. Occupational therapists work with people of all ages, helping them to carry out the activities that they need or want to do in order to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.