Occupational Therapists (OTs) work with a range of people including those who have physical, mental and/ or social problems, either as a result of accident, illness or ageing. They are aware of the impact that changes in circumstances can have on individual’s independence and confidence.
OTs are responsible for carrying out assessments and providing services that help people remain as independent as possible in their own homes.
AssessmentsPlease contact Adult Services if you, or the person you are caring for:
- find coping with daily activities difficult
- need equipment or adaptations for the home
- have difficulty hearing and/or seeing
OT Direct - 0845 603 5630
Whether you are a child, adult or older person who finds doing day to day things difficult, OT Direct are there to help you become as independent and safe as possible in your daily activities.
You will be able to speak with someone trained to give you specialist advice about the difficulties you are having. If there is a simple piece of equipment that could help you, they will give you details. There are some pieces of equipment that they may be able to supply for you or your family to fit yourselves.
Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm and Fridays 8.30am to 4.30pm
Fax: 01329 282534
Minicom: 0845 603 5625
For Portsmouth, Southampton and other authorities see our Neighbouring authorities web pages
However, if the help you need is more complex and you meet our eligibility criteria, they will arrange for a referral to be sent to your local Occupational Therapy team.
Other sources of help
What am I entitled to?
The local authority is here to help everyone understand their needs and, if required, provide an assessment.
For more information about what help you are entitled to, please see the Who can get help from Adult Services web pages.
Try our online self assessment
The College of Occupational Therapists have a directory of private OTs. For more information contact:
Tel: 020 7357 6480
- The Disabled Living Foundation has introduced an online self assessment tool, SARA, which establishes what equipment might help you. Visit www.dlf.org.uk/sara to complete an assessment.