Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy helps people maintain their independence and quality of life in the areas most important to them.

OBy adapting the way an activity is done, and focusing on strengths, occupational therapy enhances independence and wellbeing.

Occupational therapy uses occupation as a natural means of restoring function and helping achieve a ‘balanced life.’  For most of us a balanced life  includes caring for ourselves during our day-to-day activities, undertaking fulfilling work and being able to enjoy relaxation and self expression.

Our team of occcupational therapists can help by:

  • assessment – physical, environmental, cognitive
  • home visits, environmental changes
  • provision of aids and adaptations
  • training in the use of equipment
  • work simplification
  • managing symptoms such as fatigue and pain, for example, energy conservation techniques
  • Day Unit/group activities
  • facilitating adaptation to change for both patient and family
  • relaxation and stress management
  • techniques to manage shortness of breath
  • therapeutic activities – creative and recreational activities

An Occupational Therapist is available to visit people at home to assist them with maintaining involvement in the activities which make up their lives, including caring for themselves and participation in meaningful activities. Support is available for the management  of symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath and pain, and creative therapy projects.

Our Day Units

We offer Day Units for our patients. They run on Tuesdays and Thursday 10am to 2pm in Newtown and at our Paraparaumu base. Transportation can be provided.

The Day Unit is offered to our patients who maybe facing the daily challenges of their diagnosis, treatment and social isolation that arise from their illness.  It is an opportunity to meet weekly in a safe, comfortable atmosphere and receive support from other patients, staff and volunteers.

There are many benefits to the Day Unit. They provide opportunities to socialise with others and engage in creative and fulfilling activities.  These can include music, outings, arts and crafts, board games, cards, and relaxation and energy management classes.  They provide patients with a sense of well being and normality and help with the on-going monitoring of symptoms.  Patients benefit from the support of trained staff and volunteers and it provides respite for caregivers.

For more information please contact Caira Lavelle-Clack (04)  381 0143 or Linda Miller (04)  296 4529.