Occupational Therapy - Older People’s Mental Health Functional Community Team

The Occupational Therapy service is for people who are over 65 who are referred with complex physical and mental health needs. The Occupational Therapists (OTs) will assess those referred whose occupational needs have been affected by their mental and physical health. A care plan will be agreed to improve their independence, recovery and engagement in occupational activities.

Assessment and intervention to improve their independence in every day activities will take place in their own home, environment or community setting.

The OTs may need to assess for and prescribe minor adaptations and issue equipment to help improve safety, facilitate independence, improve self confidence and to access their local community. The OTs provide support to access community groups and to attend specific therapeutic groups facilitated by the OT staff.

The OTs maintain strong links with the OT staff on Cotehele Unit to ensure a smooth transition to community services and discharge.