St Margaret's Hospice jointly funds a specialist palliative care occupational therapy service in partnership with Somerset County Council.
Occupational therapy helps patients cope as independently as possible with everyday activities, subsequently enhancing their health and emotional well-being. It enables patients to achieve as much as they can for themselves.
Our Occupational Therapy Team can:
- Help patients to maintain the most important and enjoyable aspects of their lifestyle
- Help patients to work through problems and suggest and/or provide adaptations
- Greatly improve a sense of well-being and independence by encouraging participation in everyday activities
- Assess and supply appropriate equipment/aids/adaptations to help patients maintain independence and safety
- Provide appropriate equipment and training to others supporting a patient at home
Our specialist team work within the community, in the patient’s home, to enable them to continue to live at home as safely and as comfortably as possible.
The team also works within our In-patient Unit, helping to prepare patients for going home or to their preferred place of care and we will visit the home after discharge as required to continue to assist, support and problem solve.
We work with families and carers, helping them to support patients who wish to remain in the community in their preferred place of care.