Occupational therapy (community) - skills for living

We are a community based NHS rehabilitation service aiming to enable patients with physical and cognitive difficulties to participate in the activities of daily living that are important to them.

Cccupational therapy skills for livingThe types of long-term conditions that we generally work with are Parkinson’s, Arthritis, respiratory problems and early stage dementia.

Occupational therapy aims to maintain or improve a client’s quality of life by considering their productivity (self and domestic care) work and leisure needs and achieve this through an agreed rehabilitation programme.

We run education groups for the management of inflammatory arthritis to assist people with self-management and will soon be helping to co-facilitate a self-management group for Parkinson’s clients in Redcar.

A support group for those with arthritis is also held once a month at Redcar Primary Care Hospital.

A hand assessment and splinting service for the upper limb is also provided for a variety of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions.

Who do we work with?

We predominantly but not exclusively work with older people but see all adults over the age of 18 years apart from those with long term neurological conditions who are under the age of 65 years old.

The team

We are part of the integrated health team covering the localities of Redcar, Saltburn, Marske and East Cleveland at present.

What happens during the appointment?

We generally see people in their own homes where the occupational therapist would carry out the initial assessment. Following assessment a treatment plan would be devised with the client and treatment undertaken by the OT, or OTA combined, at home or within the community.

Where are we based?

Redcar team: Debra Gallant occupational therapist and Sue Wadwell occupational therapy assistant

Occupational therapy – skills for living
First floor therapies
Redcar Primary Care Hospital
West Dyke Road
TS10 4NW
Tel: 01642 511179

East Cleveland team: Gill Walker occupational therapist and generic assistant Debbie Dooley

Occupational therapy – skills for living
Integrated health and social care team
1st Floor
Hillside Medical Centre
Windermere Drive
TS12 2HS
Tel: 01287 655026

When are we available?

Team members are part time in Redcar locality although contact via the ward based occupational therapy team is available full time, 7.30am to 3.30pm, for information and advice regarding referrals tel: 01642 511168

How to refer?

Initial referrals are via a GP or any health professional can refer into the service if the client is a resident and has a GP within the Redcar, Saltburn, or Marske area. Clients can self-refer once known to the service.