Our occupational therapy team will work closely  with you to help you improve  your quality of life by supporting you to participate in daily life activities  that  are meaningful and purposeful to you. 

We use a strong  rehabilitation  palliative approach, enabling  independence in your daily activities,  alongside adjusting to changes and losses that you may encounter as your condition progresses. We encourage earlier referrals so that you gain the greatest benefits from our service. 

We can help you by:  
  • Assessing your functional  needs and  support you to set  individual goals  and  priorities that  are important to you
  • Supporting you to manage your symptoms including breathlessness, pain and  fatigue with non-pharmacological strategies
  • Teaching you techniques including the use  of assistive aids  to improve your independence in daily activities during your stay and in preparation for when  you return  home
  • Where appropriate, conducting an assessment of your home  to recommend simple  changes or aids to support your safe discharge
  • Offering advice and  training to your family/ carers to help support your needs

How to access our service  

We offer our service to patients who are staying in the inpatient unit including Respite. Any member of staff in the Hospice can  make  an internal referral to our team  or via the First Contact Team. 

If you would like more information about our service please call the First Contact Team on 0300 30 30 400 

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Maintaining routine and independence in daily activities can be challenging when you are trying to cope with the symptoms of a life-limiting illness.