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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.
Occupational Therapists work with people who have physical, mental and/or social problems either from birth or as a result of accident, illness or ageing. Their aim is to enable people to achieve as much as they can for themselves, so they get the most out of life. When people cannot do things which are important to them - such as getting dressed, having a shower, going to work, socialising or undertaking a favourite hobby - an Occupational Therapist can help them in many ways, based on each individual person's needs and lifestyle. Their work could involve:
- Giving advice on how the home or workplace environment can be changed (for example, ensuring wheelchair ramps are installed);
- Helping people to learn new ways of doing things (for example, teaching someone with reduced stamina how to conserve energy when performing daily activities);
- Assisting an ageing couple to care for one another in their own home;
- Helping someone suffering from depression to return to the workplace.
Occupational Therapists work in teams across the Trust and are managed via Therapy Services.
SHSC, Fulwood House
Old Fulwood Road
Sheffield S10 3TH
Tel: (0114) 2718754