The Occupational Therapy service is available for hospice inpatients and outpatients from Monday to Thursday, providing palliative rehabilitation for all patients, and their family/carers, at every stage of their illness.
The Occupational Therapist provides advice and interventions to enable patients to engage in daily and meaningful activities, which may involve:
- Assessing for and providing equipment and adaptations.
- Advice on safe mobility and transfers.
- Develop coping strategies to manage symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, and breathlessness.
- Support to achieve goals, promote independence and build confidence where appropriate.
- Assess safety to return home if this is the patient’s wish.
- Emotional support to adjust to changing functional abilities.
- Referrals to community services (Macmillan Therapy team, Community Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy).
The Occupational therapy service is integrated within the wider team at St Luke’s to provide a holistic approach to patient care at the hospice. Please ask any member of the team if you feel you would benefit from meeting with the Occupational Therapist.