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Click on to a profession in one of the segments in the schematic below to see the services which may be provided by the selected health care professional to assist patients undergoing stroke recovery.

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Trigger points for a GP referral to an occupational therapist

  • Patient not coping with everyday activities including self-care, toileting, bathing, feeding, shopping and socialising
  • Difficulty with transfers such as patient struggling to get out of chair
  • Difficulty in reaching perineum e.g. patient presents with frequent urinary tract infections
  • Difficulty in reaching extremities such as patient has difficulty in tying shoe laces
  • Difficulty with mobility

Trigger points for an occupational therapist  referral to a GP

  • Comorbidity (depression, other acute conditions)
  • Failure to progress
  • Wounds that do not heal
  • Poor compliance to medication regime
  • Life crises (sudden changes in life circumstances, such as death of partner, family member or pet)

 

 


Potential treatment by an occupational therapist

  • Splinting to rest joints in an appropriate condition
  • Joint protection
  • Utensil modification (e.g. built up handles on cutlery, tap turners and levers, door handles)
  • Independence in activities of daily living, including dressing, toileting, bathing
  • Environmental modification such as correcting the height of chairs, tables, beds, toilets, kitchen benches, trolleys
  • Adaptive equipment prescription e.g. chairs, wheelchairs, reaching aids
  • Work simplification and energy conservation such as structuring tasks and jobs and routines to make them easier
  • Graded activity
  • Education in compensatory techniques for residual cognitive or physical deficits