OT support helps people be independent

Posted on: 15 May 2017

More and more people are leaving hospital and are returning home, or they’re avoiding hospitalisation altogether, with support from occupational therapists – part of Devon County Council’s social care workforce.

The CEO of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists visited the county recently to hear how Devon OTs are supporting people to regain independence to such an extent that they need little or no further help from social services.

The service is not only supporting people to regain their ability to look after themselves, but it’s also saving authorities thousands of pounds each year by preventing ongoing care costs.

Julia Scott, CEO of the Royal College of OTs, said:

“I was delighted to visit Devon to see for myself how people in the county are benefiting from occupational therapist support. All the evidence shows that where occupational therapists are deployed in social care they help people to retain or regain their independence and continue to do things that are important to them. This is better for the people concerned and, because it reduces their dependence on expensive social care services, it’s also good for tax payers.

“We are highlighting the work here in Devon nationally, as an example of best practice.”

Keri Storey, the Council’s Head of Adult Social Care and Health, said:

“We all know that people would much rather not have to rely on the social care system if it can be avoided. It’s better for them if they’re as able and independent and active as possible. It encourages a better quality of life in so many ways.”

The Royal College estimates that for every £1 spent on engaging an OT, ongoing care costs are reduced by £1.43 because clients become more independent.

“Time taken to work with a person to help them regain their independence as much as possible is time well-spent.”

Devon County Council’s Occupational Therapists will be on Devon County Council’s stand at this year’s Devon County Show, 18 to 20 May, at the Westpoint showground, near Exeter.

They’ll be talking to people and demonstrating some of the range of smaller equipment that people can use at home to help them with daily tasks, that help them remain able to do things for themselves.

Please join them on stand 337, Road 8. More information about other services on the stand is available online http://devon.cc/qtkig. If you’re visiting the show and using social media you can include #WeAreDevon.

Details about the Devon County Show, including how to get to the Westpoint showground in Clyst St Mary, are available on the Devon County Show website, www.devoncountyshow.co.uk

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