KENT OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

OT for neurological impairment

Specialist occupational therapists who work within the field of neurology have the skills to fully assess and treat a range of complex neurological impairments due to conditions including Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, stroke; or as a result of injury to the brain and spinal cord. Ensuring treatment is client centred is at the heart of what we do.
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the benefits

How Will Seeing An Occupational Therapist Help Me?

Living with a neurological impairment can impact all areas of your life. Through specialist knowledge of your condition, our occupational therapist will enable you to reach improved independence in achieving the daily tasks that you want and need to do. A large part of the OT’s role is to support you through this process by building up a rapport, ensuring you feel listened to, being empathetic and enabling you to make informed choices about your rehabilitation journey.
the assessment

How will the process work?

Initially the OT’s role would be to meet you and carry out a detailed neurological assessment primarily looking at:
  • Your current ability to perform everyday tasks including how you physically move and get around within your social and home environment and any barriers to independence that you are experiencing.
  • The level of functional ability in your upper limb and hand.
  • Your visual and perceptual skills.
  • Your cognitive function (memory, problem solving, executive functioning skills).
setting goals

How Do We Work With You To Measure Your Progress?

As part of your treatment plan, together we will set realistic goals as a way of measuring your progress, with an emphasis on prioritising those areas which are most meaningful to you. For example, improving a specific skill which will help you carry out daily tasks which are important to you.
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how we can support you

What might be included in my treatment plan?

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Cognitive rehabilitation

If you live with a neurological impairment, you may experience changes to your cognitive skills which may include difficulties with attention and concentration, the ability to problem solve and weigh up decision making, difficulties with assessing and being aware of ‘risk’, and difficulties with memory and orientation.
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Upper limb

Sometimes neurological impairments can affect the functioning of the arm and hand. This can impact the ability to carry out everyday tasks such as washing and dressing and meal preparation and also the ability to participate in work and hobbies that you enjoy. OT rehabilitation may include looking at the need for splints, strengthening exercises for the arm, hand and fingers and the management of changes to muscle tone. The OT may look at positioning, orthotics, and the provision of small aids to help with daily tasks.
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Life skills

Living with a neurological impairment can sometimes lead to dependency on others to perform everyday tasks. The OT will aim to enable you as much as possible to perform these tasks for yourself. This may mean working with you to regain or maintain the ability to carry out daily living tasks that you want or need to do or supporting you to be able to engage in hobbies or activities that are important to you.
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Aids, Adaptations and Equipment

The OT can also advise on specific adaptations to your home and personalised aids which will enhance your functional ability and quality of life. For example, you may benefit from electronic communication or memory aids, specialist seating, a wheelchair, or a transfer aid. The OT can liaise with other specialist services for equipment provision that you and she feel will help you to live as independently as possible. If home adaptations will help you, we have adaptation specialists in our team who would be happy to arrange a visit with you
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kent occupational therapy

OT for Parkinson's Disease

occupational therapist

Katie Skelton

Since qualifying as an Occupational Therapist Katie has had an interest in Parkinson’s. During the pandemic, Katie was deployed to the community rehabilitation team where she saw how self-management and non-drug-based therapy interventions can make such an impact in dealing with this complex and fluctuating condition. As an OT Katie enables wellbeing through Occupational Therapy, helping individuals with Parkinson’s to live a full, independent and purposeful life.

OT AND NEUROLOGICAL IMPAIRMENT

OTs who have experience in this field have seen first-hand the impact that a neurological impairment can have but have also witnessed the progress of so many people and the skills they have been able to regain or adapt through working with an occupational therapist.

our service

How will the service help me?

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We're Flexible

We will work with your availability when offering you an appointment.
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We Collaborate With Others In Your Care

We work in collaboration with case managers and other therapists who are involved in your care.
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We Can Provide Reliable Contacts

We deal with a range of reliable local independent living companies.


We’d be happy to have a chat with you to discuss your requirements. Please feel free to call us on 03332225220  or use the contact page to send us a message.

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