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Occupational therapy service

The occupational therapy service assists children and adults with disabilities who find it difficult to do everyday tasks.

What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy aims to provide support and intervention to help people with disabilities adapt to changes in their everyday life, overcome practical problems and maintain or improve independence.

'Occupation' means how people spend their time. Three categories of activities can determine how people divide their time:

  • Personal care - such as washing, eating and dressing
  • Productivity - such as paid and unpaid work, housework, or education
  • Leisure - such as games, sports, hobbies, social activities.

Southwark Occupational Therapy Service works with local health and housing providers to assess people's needs and provide a wide range of support.

How can occupational therapy help?

The occupational therapy service will work with you to identify your needs and assess how you manage daily living tasks at home. 

Depending on your situation, occupational therapy could include:

  • Offering advice on managing everyday tasks, such as managing  your personal care and safe mobility around your home
  • Recommending specialist equipment to help you with activities, such as getting in and out of the bath or on and off the toilet
  • Organising minor alterations or major adaptations to your home, such as installing stair rails, ramps or a stair lift
  • Providing advice and information about other services.

Who are occupational therapy service for?

You may be able to get help if you are a Southwark resident and:

  • A child or an adult with a physical disability
  • An older person who due to frailty has problems with daily living tasks
  • Someone with a progressive condition where our involvement will help maintain your independence for longer
  • A carer looking after a person with a disability
  • Someone with a mental health problem or a learning disability that means you experience practical difficulties with everyday living tasks.

Eligibility for help

The occupational therapy service aims to prioritise people whose health, safety and independence is at the greatest risk.

Southwark Council uses Department of Heath guidance to decide upon the seriousness of risk to your independence and whether you are eligible for adult social care services.

    How do I get occupational therapy services?

    Anyone can have an assessment and professional advice about equipment and housing adaptations, but the council will only pay if you have eligible needs.

    To find out if you are eligible for an occupational therapy service and identify what services may help you, you will need to be assessed.

    To request an occupational therapy assessment, please call  Adult Social Care on 0207 525 3962.

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    Occupational therapy service


    Tel: 0207 525 3962


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    Southwark Council
    PO BOX 64529
    London SE1P 5LX

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