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We offer both a health and social care occupational therapy service. Our social care service assesses how your disability affects your daily life. For example, if you have any difficulty in getting on and off the toilet, in and out of the bath or getting into and out of your home. The health occupational therapy service deals with stays in hospital.
Social care occupational therapy
You may be offered equipment, adaptations to your home or help at home to support you and help you to maintain your independence, or to assist your carer. An occupational therapist may also provide information and advice in moving and handling and any other aspect of coping with daily living.
This service is provided to those people of all ages whose needs have been assessed as falling within the social care services eligibility criteria. See below for details on occupational therapy assessments.
Health occupational therapy
The health occupational therapy service is for stays in hospital and returning home. It provides a specialist therapeutic service, including assessment, treatment and ensuring a safe discharge back home after hospital admission.
Asking for an occupational therapy assessment
If you already have a care manager or social care worker, you can ask them for an occupational therapy assessment to give you help to do things for yourself at home.
If you are not already in contact with North Yorkshire County Council social care services, please contact the customer services centre. They will take the relevant details from you and arrange for an assessment if it is necessary.
A care manager or occupational therapist will then come out and talk to you further about the issues you are facing.
Equipment provided through the occupational therapy service
Any equipment that is provided is loaned to you free of charge and for as long as you need it. You can also take the equipment with you if you move house within North Yorkshire.
Please note however, that we do not provide or loan equipment to non-residents of the County. In this case, the customer services centre will be able to direct you to other organisations which may be able to help you.