The Palliative Care Occupational Therapy team work as part of the Specialist Palliative Care service covering all wards in Victoria Hospital and the Hospice. Referrals are made directly by the clinical staff or through the Single Point of Access for Palliative care.
Occupational Therapy Team Victoria Hospital/Hospice
The team is comprised of three occupational therapists and one occupational therapy assistant practitioner. Occupational therapy interventions are symptom-led and a problem solving approach is used to anticipate functional difficulties (such as difficulty walking, washing and dressing, cooking etc). A holistic, person centred approach is used to set goals to optimise functional ability, improve quality of life and provide a sense of control. This may involve adapting the way we manage tasks and/or using equipment to make activities less effortful.
We work from 8.30-16.30 Monday to Friday.
What we do
We help plan for discharge to ensure the right support and equipment is in place. As end of life approaches our intervention often focuses on helping to make informed decisions about preferred place of care. Although we do not prescribe medication we can advise on techniques to help manage symptoms such as pain, breathlessness, fatigue and anxiety.
Support from an Occupational Therapist can also be accessed through Fife Council on 03451 551503 (If not a hospital/hospice in patient)
FAQs (Frequently asked questions)
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How can I get a stairlift /wet floor shower?
A community occupational therapist from Fife Council will need to carry out an assessment to ensure this is the most appropriate adaptation for you. This would take into consideration your medical history and functional ability.