Occupational Therapy

Tel: 0191 5128400 ext: 33844

Occupational therapists help patients overcome practical problems with their daily living activities, caused by their palliative medical conditions.  Daily living activities include self-care activities (for example, moving around safely at home, getting washed and dressed,) leisure activities (getting out in the community,) and productive activities (making meals, etc.)  
The occupational therapy team offer a range of services to hospice in patients, day hospice patients, out patients and to community patients who are under the care of the specialist palliative care nursing team.  Services are provided at the hospice and in the patients’ homes.

Services and treatments provided include: -

  • Assessment of patients’ physical and psychological abilities in relation to completing daily activities.
  • Establishing with a patient what is important to them, what they can and want to do.
  • Use of a goal setting approach to help them achieve what they want to do.
  • Provision of adaptive equipment to reduce effort in carrying out activities
  • Recommending changes to patients’ daily activities/routines to manage symptoms (tiredness, pain, limb weakness, etc.)
  • Home visits to make recommendations for adaptations to home to promote independence and maintain safety.
  • Provision of activities such as gardening to improve mood and well-being.

Patients with a need for occupational therapy input can be referred directly by the specialist palliative care professional involved in their care.