Lift up your everyday with ‘life hacks’ from occupational therapists

This Occupational Therapy Week, November 7-13, Oxford Health’s occupational therapists are joining the national campaign ‘Lift Up Your Everyday’.

Lift up your everyday with ‘life hacks’ from occupational therapists

Launched by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, the campaign aims to raise the profile of occupational therapy and give people ideas for ‘life hacks’ to help them make positive changes to their lives.

You can check out their life hacks here.

At Oxford Health, Emma Croft, Interim Allied Health Professions Lead, has equipped the Trust’s nearly 500 OTs with a guide to creating life hacks, and is inviting them to share their work on the @oxfordhealthAHP Twitter account.

What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapists help people overcome challenges completing everyday tasks or activities – what we call ‘occupations’. At Oxford Health Occupational Therapists work with people of all ages in the disciplines the Trust covers, in mental health, community health and people with learning disabilities.

Occupational therapists see beyond diagnoses and limitations to people’s hopes and aspirations. They look at relationships between the activities you do every day – your occupations – alongside the challenges you face and your environment.

Then they create a plan of goals and adjustments targeted at achieving a specific set of activities. The plan is practical, realistic and personal for each individual to help them achieve the breakthroughs they need to elevate their everyday life.

This support can give people a renewed sense of purpose. It can also open up new opportunities and change the way people feel about the future.

Emma Croft said:

“OT week provides an opportunity to come together and promote the inspiring work of our occupational therapists, share some of the innovative practice, and celebrate the value they add to patients and service users in their recovery. I want to promote the Royal college of Occupational Therapy’s vision to ensure that people everywhere value the life changing power of occupational therapy.”

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Published: 9 November 2022