Occupational therapy (OT) is a type of practical support used to help individuals that struggle with day-to-day tasks, for a variety of reasons. The phrase ‘occupation’ refers to any activity of daily living including self-care, leisure, work or education. Being able to live independently and carry out such occupations, are vital for mental health, identity and overall well-being.
Occupational therapy is usually offered to those who are physically disabled, recovering from an operation, ageing, or suffering from a variety of mental health conditions; all of which may impede their ability to function daily.
At Nightingale Hospital, occupational therapy is used to support individuals suffering from an eating disorder. This is because those suffering from an eating disorder are likely to have a marked imbalance in their daily lives. For patients such as this, occupational therapy can be used as a way of achieving a more balanced and healthy day-to-day life.
What happens in occupational therapy?
An occupational therapist will work with a patient to help them overcome the effects of their condition. Treatment involves counselling and practical skill-building that focuses on adapting to the individuals’ environment. Specific goals will usually be targeted, and the therapist and patient will find ways to fulfil these goals.
In turn, this will support the individual’s independence and confidence, and overall improve their performance of daily activities and personal management.
Occupational therapy at Nightingale Hospital can take the form of:
- Addressing any anxieties when food shopping, preparing food or eating in groups
- Restoring wellbeing in leisure activities
Occupational therapy at Nightingale Hospital London
Occupational therapy is available at Nightingale Hospital in London in an individual or group setting. It can also take place in an outpatient, day patient or inpatient programme.
We have several occupational therapists with a breadth of experience to match your individual situation. We establish successful patient/therapist partnerships and achieve the most effective therapeutic relationship due to this extensive expertise. We will take the time to understand your problem and individual needs.