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What is Occupational Therapy?


Occupational Therapists are often referred to as OTs. OTs believe that it is important to a person’s well-being that they are able to continue with their everyday activities and occupations. OTs aim to address the impact of illness and to support individuals in adapting to change to be able to continue life as normally as possible.


What is the Occupational Therapy service at KHH?

 The Occupational Therapy service at Katharine House Hospice is made up of a part time OT who works 18.5 hours per week at the hospice. They work closely with all members of the multidisciplinary team, in particular the physiotherapist, social workers and nursing staff.

The service is available to anyone receiving care via the In-Patient Unit, Day Therapies and Well-being Day.

What can the Occupational Therapist help with at KHH?

Enabling people to function at their optimum level of independence despite their changing health condition/ impairment.  
Planning for patients to be cared for at home.
Provide equipment to aid independent living.
Teach strategies to cope with anxiety, breathlessness or fatigue through group work or one to one sessions.
Provide advice regarding seating and wheelchairs.
Support people to set realistic and achievable goals.
Assessing a person’s home environment to reduce the limitations it may have on them.
Falls prevention and advice.

For more information please contact:

 Jenny Rawsthorne- Occupational Therapist

 Tel: 01785-254645