Mission Statement ‘We aim to provide a high quality, safe and equitable service to the patients of Naas General Hospital which will enable them to achieve their optimum level of independence in their everyday activities, thus facilitating an improvement in their quality of life. We hope to achieve this by utilising the available resources, including our staff to their full potential, by working with our community colleagues and providing an environment that promotes education and best practice.’
Occupational Therapy is a healthcare profession dedicated to help people with physical, psychological and social problems enhance and restore their functional ability. The aim of Occupational Therapy is to allow those who are temporarily or permanently disabled to be as independent as possible in areas such as personal and domestic activities of daily living i.e. washing, dressing, feeding and cooking.
Occupational Therapy will be used to teach special ways of doing everyday things, including the provision of aids and equipment if needed. Occupational Therapists plan courses of treatment, which are individually tailored to the needs of patients and their families or carers.
The Occupational Therapy Department in Naas General Hospital consists of 1 Occupational Therapy Manager, 5 senior Occupational Therapists, 3 Staff Grade Occupational Therapists, 1 Occupational Therapy Assistant and 0.5 WTE Clerical support. They provide a service to
The Occupational Therapists within this service cover all the general medical and surgical wards within the hospital.
The Occupational Therapists assess and treat patients with any clinical conditions that lead to functional difficulties in daily living activities (e.g. self-care, dressing, feeding, toileting), productivity (e.g. employment, domestic tasks) or leisure (e.g. hobbies. sport).
Cognitive or emotional problems affecting function are as important an indicator for involvement from an Occupational Therapist as physical dysfunction.
The Occupational Therapist works closely with the multi-disciplinary team to provide comprehensive rehabilitation and discharge planning for the patient.
The Day Hospital provides a multidisciplinary approach to the assessment and treatment of the older persons living in the community. It helps to prevent admissions to hospital and enables the person to remain at home for as long as possible.
The Occupational Therapist carries out an initial assessment on all new patients attending the day hospital and then determines the treatment plan and intervention for each person as appropriate. With the elderly, the Occupational Therapist is particularly concerned with the patients cognitive and physical functioning and how this impacts on their safety and independence at home.
The Occupational Therapist regularly carries out home assessments to assess how safe the patient is in their own environment and identify what equipment is needed to optimise their independence.
The two Consultant Geriatricians in Naas General Hospital have out patient clinics from which the Occupational Therapy Department receives referrals. The majority of referrals received from these clinics are for assessment of the patient’s cognitive ability and concerns the family/carers may have around the patient’s safety to manage in their home environment.
Within Naas General Hospital there is a pulmonary rehabilitation programme to which the Occupational Therapy Department contributes. The Occupational Therapist provides an educational talk to patients on energy conservation, stress management, relaxation techniques and adaptations required to help facilitate independence at home
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British Association of Occupational Therapists www.baot.co.uk
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