Specialist professional support
We can provide specialist services if you need them:
- We employ a team of Professional Support practitioners, including social workers, occupational therapists, an assistive technology pracitioner, and an MS specialist. They can act on your behalf to sort out health concerns or help organise things like specialist equipment and changes to your home to make life easier.
- We also employ staff with a specialism in sensory needs. If you have a visual impairment, are Deaf, or deafblind, we may be able to help you by offering you advice, help and support.
- Our Learning Disability Community Health Team can help with different aspects of your mental and physical health, such as learning to communicate better, managing difficult emotions, becoming more active, and managing your medication. The team includes a community nurse, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, psychologist, psychiatrist and speech and language therapist.
Get in touch with Optalis if you think you may need these services, and we can advise you about the next steps.
To find out more about our occupational therapy services, please visit our OT dedicated website by clicking here.
Meet some of the team below:
ALISTAIR APPLEBY - ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY PRACTITIONER
"My job as the Assistive Technology Practitioner is to think about how technology can be used to keep the people in the community of Wokingham safe and independent. So I focus on assistive technology (AT) relating to social care.
AT can be any gadget, app or equipment that enable people in the community to carry out everyday tasks:
- More safely, more easily and more independently;
- Which they couldn’t otherwise have done;
- Which enhance their quality of life and/or well-being.
However, although technology is vital, what is even more important is thinking about people and meeting their needs. I therefore collaborate with a whole team of professionals, including social workers, occupational therapists and brokers to provide support.
The first step is the assessment process. At this stage, it’s about finding out what the person’s circumstances are. What has happened and how is this affecting you? What are the issues affecting your ability to be safe or live independently? Plus consider eligibility under the Care Act and how support will be funded.
The next step is working out the solution - What technology is out there that can support the person to be more independent or keep them safe? I believe that every person is unique, therefore the solution should be bespoke and meet their specific needs. Working out the best option often requires a mix of logical and creative thinking.
After the equipment is provided, I then need to review the technology to make sure it is working properly.
Sometimes the solution doesn’t quite work out as planned. Then I see if I can find another way of supporting the person.The AT also needs to be reviewed six months or a year later to make sure that it is still working well for the person
Providing AT is a dynamic process which has the person at the centre. Receiving bespoke technology that meets their needs to be safe and independent in the community."