Our OTs visit town centre in November

Optalis' Occupational Therapists will be working in partnership with Wokingham Borough Council to promote National Occupational Therapy Week in Wokingham town centre on Wednesday November 7 between 10am and 3pm.

The promotion in the town centre will allow the public to find out important information about this particular health profession; such as what an Occupational Therapist actually does, advice on Occupational Therapy as a career, and they will also be offered impartial advice and information on aids and equipment for daily living. They will also have a fully equipped and accessible mobile demonstration unit with them.

Optalis Senior Occupational Therapist, Alice Bateman, said: “Occupational Therapy is sometimes overlooked or misunderstood, but it is an important discipline that aims to enhance the health and well being of people impacted by illness or disability and can make a real difference to peoples’ quality of life.

“Only a few weeks ago, a couple of our own members of staff assisted an elderly gentleman who had fallen in the town centre, and helped him to access the medical attention he needed. It just demonstrates that something like a fall can happen to anyone, at any time. Occupational Therapists use a range of practical strategies and specialist equipment to help people who face such challenges so they can continue to maintain their independence.”

In addition to information and demonstrations available on November 7, the Occupational Therapists will also be able to help the public with how to access such services locally.

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New weekly sports challenges through Activise scheme

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