Occupational therapists from Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are encouraging the local community to celebrate Occupational Therapy Week 2013 this week.
Throughout Occupational Therapy Week (3-9 November) the therapists will continue working with patients and their carers of all ages enabling them to identify their daily needs and aspirations, and provide advice about preventing injuries, illnesses or disabilities, or advise on how to cope with them whether it is a mental or physical health issue.
Occupational therapy focuses on promotion of good health, assists recovery and wellbeing and prevents ill health through engagement in all kinds of meaningful activity including cooking, gardening and horse riding to name but a few.
The nationally recognised themed week aims to promote the benefits of occupational therapy to all.
Sara Bains, Divisional Lead Occupational Therapist, for Derbyshire Healthcare said: “It is important that all patients within hospital and in the community have access to occupational therapy that promotes recovery, wellbeing (enjoyment and achievement), and independence.”
Julia Scott, Chief Executive of the College of Occupational Therapists, the professional body for occupational therapists said: “On a daily basis, we hear from people about the difference their occupational therapist has made to their life. With a growing ageing population, along with the increasing desire of older people wanting to remain independent within their own homes, the demand for occupational therapy will continue to rise in the future. Occupational therapists work in a variety of roles including helping people to return to work, supporting people with depression to designing accessible environments and products.”