Occupational Therapists (OTs) work with patients whose daily activities (occupations) have been impaired by physical and/or mental illness. Our aim is to maximise patients’ independence in daily activities to enable them to safely return to living at home. OT can achieve this through adapting the environment, modifying the task, teaching new skills and educating the patient and their family or carers in order to increase participation in and performance of daily tasks.
- Enables patients to become as independent as possible again after a period of ill health
- Empowers patients with new strategies to do their everyday activities such as washing, dressing and cooking
- Promotes healthy memory strategies and helps support patients with memory decline
- Considers the patient’s home environment and how it can be modified to support the patient
All patients must be admitted for in-patient rehabilitation, from a referring hospital, under the care of a medical consultant, in order to be referred for occupational therapy in Clontarf Hospital.
All patients will receive an occupational therapy assessment following admission.
Clontarf Hospital have a dynamic, professional and friendly team committed to providing the following:
- helping people achieve their full potential following injury, pain or disability
- providing a holistic service that is accessible and effective
- undertaking research and training to improve our service and
- providing a service that is based on high standards of care and practice
Following an initial occupational therapy assessment, each individual's treatment plan is tailored to suit their specific requirements. Individual rehabilitation goals are discussed and agreed with the patient and are regularly reviewed and updated as required.
Occupational therapy sessions can be based on the ward or in the occupational therapy department. Home Visits are completed in the patient’s home if needed. The location, frequency and regularity of treatment sessions are dependent on clinical need.
Clontarf Hospital has a bright and spacious occupational therapy department on the ground floor. The department space includes a kitchen where patients can practice their domestic tasks. The department includes a stair lift and a car transfer pod where patients can practise using new equipment they may like to consider for home use. There is also a domestic style bathroom where patients can trial modified bathroom equipment.
Groups offered by the occupational therapy department include;
- Stress Management and Relaxation
- Memory Rehabilitation
- Home Safety – an evening time group where patients and families are invited to attend to learn about how to modify the home environment to reduce falls and promote independence
The occupational therapy department is based in the out- patient area adjacent to the hospital reception desk.
We are open from 08:00 to 16:00 Monday to Thursday and until 15:00 on Fridays.
For any queries about the occupational therapy service in Clontarf Hospital please contact us at 01 8332521 and ask for the Occupational Therapy Department.
Please note that the occupational therapy service in Clontarf Hospital is available to in-patients only -we unfortunately do not have an out-patient service.
The occupational therapy department provides undergraduate clinical placements for occupational therapy students from Trinity College Dublin.