Occupational Therapy Week 25 - 31 October

Monday, 26 October 2015
Portland District Health's Occupational therapists are helping people to reach their pOTential.

PDH has three occupational therapists, or OTs for short, Jacki Barnett, Lauren Agar and Alicia Tavare, who work with people of all abilities and ages to ensure they can do the things they want and need.

Ms Barnett said OTs help people to maximise their independence and occupy their days to the best of their potential.

Occupational Therapy Week from October 25-31 highlights how OTs can help people from all walks of life facing a variety of ailments.

"A lot of people don't understand what OTs do, which is why this week is important to draw attention to our work," Ms Barnett said.

OTs can help people both young and old through the use of therapeutic activities, aids and equipment.

"We work with people on what they wish to achieve on a day-to-day basis, Ms Barnett said.

This could be something as simple as getting out of bed and getting dressed to having fun out and about in the community.

"We take a holistic approach and look at ways people can do things and offer strategies and suggestions that help out," Ms Barnett said.

"This could mean modifying activities, developing strategies to improve memory or introducing aids and equipment such as rails, ramps, and wheelchairs."

OTs can help people at home, at school, and to participate in the community.

The PDH occupational therapy department coordinates a Landing on your Feet group program, to minimise the risks of falls.

"OTs can give advice about how best to do something more easily and safely, and if needed we can prescribe devices to help you to participate in the activities you want and need to do" Ms Barnett said.

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