How does occupational therapy help?
At your first appointment, your occupational therapist will assess your condition, including which joints are affected and where you have pain. They’ll ask about any problems you’re having with everyday tasks. It’ll help if you think about these before your appointment. This might include difficulties with:
- washing and dressing
- household tasks and cooking, including difficulty using appliances
- getting around both inside and outside your home
- work activities
- leisure and social activities
- childcare and looking after others
- using your hands.
When they’ve highlighted particular problems, your occupational therapist will explore possible solutions with you. This may include:
- practical advice on overcoming everyday difficulties
- suggesting different ways to help you do things more easily
- advice on managing work and leisure activities
- discussing your condition and helping you to help yourself
- providing advice on your condition either one to one or through education/information groups
- advice about managing mood and stress
- providing splints or arthritis gloves to rest or support your joints and help reduce your pain
- suggesting hand exercises to help improve movement and grip
- referral to other agencies, for example physiotherapy or Social Services.