Lets celebrate Occupational Therapy Week

October 28, 2015

Last week Royal Perth Hospital took the opportunity to honour the hard work of our Occupational Therapists (OT), during Occupational Therapy Week (25-31 October 2015).

Occupational therapy plays an important role in the recovery process for many of our patients, with a particular focus on cognition and perception, hand function and self-care. The team helps patients regain maximum independence with tasks such as showering, dressing, meal preparation, self-organisation and socialisation skills.

Head of Occupational Therapy Department Helen Margaria said Occupational Therapy Week is an opportunity to celebrate and promote the contribution OT’s make to a patient’s quality of life.

“A unique aspect of an OT’s role is to assess the patient’s skill level in everyday tasks, and the environment they are performed in,” Helen said.

“The OT then looks at ways to enhance their functional ability, whether it is recommending aids like shower chairs, or adapting the home to ensure maximum independence is achieved,” Helen said.

The Occupational Therapy Department also play a significant role in discharge planning at Royal Perth Hospital. OT’s assess a patient’s abilities and ensure they are supported to return home safely, resulting in a timely discharge from hospital.

“I am lucky to have such a dedicated team of staff who are kind, generous of spirit and constantly striving to provide excellent quality care,” Helen said.