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City council celebrates work of OT teams

With Occupational Therapy Week beginning on Monday 7th November, Milton Keynes City Council is celebrating the important work done by its teams of occupational therapists.

Working with adults who may be struggling with everyday tasks, due to health conditions, occupational therapists will help them to maintain their independence. This can be done through providing specialist equipment to aid recovery, or long-term support.

In a year, OTs in the area have suggest over 500 adaptations to homes, which range from accessible shower, to stairlifts, this has culminated in residents receiving over more than 5,000 pieces of equipment  like hoists, bathing equipment and grab rails.

This crucial work can allow residents to stay at home and live in a more self-sufficient way, which can give them their independence back as well as reducing the demand on hospitals by reducing and, ideally preventing, admissions.

Cabinet Member for Adults, Housing and Healthy Communities, Cllr Emily Darlington, said;

“Our occupational therapists are a lifeline to so many adults who want to regain or maintain their independence at home.

“They work with thousands of residents to understand their individual needs and what can be done to improve their quality of life. This does mean the team are extremely busy and we are working hard to speed up response times as we know that waiting for help can be stressful. If you or a loved one could benefit from this expert support, please do contact us.”

Occupational Therapists in Milton Keynes are implemented in a wide range of areas included, but not restricted to, adult social care, the learning disability service and the reablement team.

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