Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy
About our service:
Occupational Therapists (OT) aim to provide support to people whose health prevents them doing the activities that matter to them. An occupational therapist can identify strengths and difficulties you may have in everyday life, such as dressing or getting to the shops, and will help you find practical solutions. These difficulties could be due to medical conditions, learning disabilities or mental health conditions. Occupational therapists work with people of all age, looking at all aspects of their daily lives, from the home to the school to the workplace.
Physiotherapists (PT) aim to restore movement and function when someone has been affected by injury, illness or disability. They help people achieve this through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. Physiotherapists encourage development and facilitate recovery, enabling people to remain independent for as long as possible. Physiotherapy can be helpful for people of all ages with a wide range of health conditions including, but not limited to, neurological, neuro-musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and respiratory conditions.
The Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists often work collaboratively towards goal setting and treatment planning. A team of Therapy Technical Instructors and Therapy Assistants support the Physio’s and OT’s. They work generically across Physio and OT, their role is essential to ensure patients are working towards their goals. E.g. Progressing mobility from walking with wheeled walking frame to walking stick and facilitating patients to become independent with personal care tasks.
The Therapy Team on the wards at LDH work closely with each other, and the wider multi-disciplinary team, in a variety of specialties. They all take a ‘whole person’ approach to your health and well-being. They aim to work with you to identify goals, encouraging your independence through a variety of means. This may include:
- Rehabilitation and practicing tasks in manageable stages
- Teaching alternative ways to complete activities
- Provision of equipment such as walking aids / to assist with everyday tasks
- Adapting the home environment
- Onwards referral to community services, as needed, to carry on rehab or provide equipment at home
- Facilitate safe discharge home
The Inpatient therapy team and some therapy clinics are based in the Therapy Hub on the first floor of the main Luton and Dunstable University Hospital building, allocated near the Chiltern Cafe. If you have any difficulties finding us or have any queries, please call our therapy admin office on 01582 497350.