Oamaru Hospital Services
The Occupational Therapist's (OT) role is to optimise a client's level of safety and independence within their own home. OTs assess patient needs both in hospital or at home, taking into account all factors affecting their ability to manage daily activities.
Assessments include showering, bathing, dressing, household tasks, cognitive ability and mobility around the home. OTs also provide education to help with the patient's ability to be independent on discharge from hospital, and arrange the installation of necessary fixtures that are required in their homes to enable patients to remain independent.
If you have a long-term disability, a home visit may be required to assess the need for housing modifications and your eligibility for funding assistance to complete these.
You may be referred to the service either by the hospital inpatient ward, your GP or other health care professionals within the community.