The occupational therapists at St Gemma’s work on the In-Patient Unit, in the community and Day Services and see people referred as out-patients.
Occupational therapists assist patients whose ability to cope with activities of daily living (self-care, work or leisure) have been impaired due to physical, psychological (anxiety) or cognitive (memory or understanding) problems.
Occupational therapy aims to help you and the significant people in your life to:
- Adapt to changes in ability and lifestyle through engagement with activities of purpose and meaning.
- Develop or enhance coping skills through the use of strategies such as anxiety management, fatigue management and other techniques to help adjust to reduced ability.
- Ensure your home environment is suitable for your needs by providing home assessments and equipment as required.
- Participate in activities which are meaningful and rewarding to you.
- Promote a sense of emotional, psychological and spiritual well-being which may address potential social isolation by engaging with local community and support networks.