Occupational therapists are trained health care professionals. They work in social care and specialise in adapting tasks and the environment to enable disabled and older people:
Contact Derby Direct for all referrals and general enquiries.
They will visit you to carry out an assessment, and will observe how you are managing with activities, such as getting out of a chair or climbing the stairs.
They will talk to you (and your carer if you have one) about the things you find difficult to do and will work with you to look at ways of making things easier and safer in your home for you and your carer.
This may be by providing specialist equipment or recommending some adaptations to your home. They will also be able to advise you about whether or not you would qualify for a Disabled Facilities Grant.
Occupational therapists also provide advice on ways of doing things and help to reduce possible risks of falling or other risks in your home. They can refer you for Telecare products, to Derby Care Link and to other agencies, if necessary.