Occupational therapists assist patients to participate in activities that are important to them, despite illness, disability, or life circumstances. Occupational therapy aims to improve skills, performance or identify assistive equipment that will help make everyday tasks easier to accomplish. Occupational therapy is provided to people of all ages who have a musculoskeletal/neurological disease or injury.
Occupational therapy for adults
Occupational therapy begins with an evaluation and assessment to understand a patient’s occupational therapy requirements. Through an interview and assessment, the occupational therapist determines what further interventions are necessary. Occupational therapy services include comprehensive evaluations of a patient’s home and other environments, recommendations for adaptive equipment plus training in its use, guidance and education for family members and caregivers. The occupational therapist also fabricates custom-made hand splints/orthotics. A doctor’s referral is required for occupational therapy. However, occupational therapy guidance can be given without a referral.
An occupational therapy appointment costs 11,40 euros for patients older than 18 and a home visit costs 12,00 euros. The occupational therapy costs are included in the hospital day fees for in-patients.
Occupational therapy for children
Occupational therapy begins with an evaluation and assessment of a child’s level of participation in daily activities and play. During this evaluation the occupational therapist works to establish the necessary interventions required to support the child’s social environment (parents, daycare/school).
A referral from a doctor, nurse or psychologist is required for occupational therapy. However, occupational therapy guidance can be given without a referral. Children’s occupational therapy is free of charge.