Meet Eleanor, an OT out in the community

Posted on November 2, 2018 by AireAdmin

Hello my name is Eleanor and I am a community occupational therapist (OT) working within the Airedale/Wharfedale community rehab team.

We cover Keighley and Ilkley and surrounding areas and see anyone over the age of 18. We are a team of occupational therapists, physiotherapists (PTs) and generic therapy assistants. We are an integrated team and all have basic competencies from each other’s profession, allowing OTs to do basic mobility and exercises and the PTs to assess functional needs and provide basic equipment. Our generic assistants have competencies to see patients and address both OT and PT needs.

I have been an occupational therapist for 16 years and have worked for Airedale for 10. I have been a community OT for at least 14 years of my career and have social services, paediatrics and rehabilitation experience as well as working on the wards in an acute setting as part of a rotational scheme.

I am a passionate, hardworking OT and strive to ensure I give 100% to each patient. Seeing someone in their own home provides me with a clear insight into the whole person and their daily routine. It enables me to look at how they manage activities of living during a daily routine; from getting out of bed, washing and dressing, meals and drinks, domestic tasks and transfers. Building a therapeutic rapport with an individual and their families is important and can highlight psychosocial needs alongside any physical needs. I love the variability of community work and the challenges it can raise, the problem solving approach and the getting lost!! (On occasion…) As well as equipment and adaptations, I can provide self-care advice such as energy conservation, fatigue management, relaxation techniques as well as signposting on to other agencies and professionals.

There are three community rehab teams within the locality, covering Airedale and Wharfedale, Craven and Bingley. We receive referrals from therapy staff at Airedale, GPs, district nurses, social services, specialist nurses (palliative, neuro, respiratory etc), consultants and the voluntary sector. We also assist with hospital discharges to ensure that environments are appropriate for safe discharges and accommodate any new equipment needs.

“Occupational Therapy gives people the skills for the job of living, necessary for living life to its fullest.”