Aisling van der Walt, BSc(OT), MAOTI, MRCOT. Specialist Occupational Therapist
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What is occupational therapy?
A: Occupational therapy works with anyone who is unable to do the things they need or want to do becuase of an injury, illness or disability. An occupational therapist works holistically and works in partnership with you to help you do what matters most, be it getting yourself dressed, making a meal, returning to work, or getting out and about.
Q: Who do you work with?
A: Aisling works with people with physical, sensory or cognitive impairments. She has specialist skills in neurorehabilitation and treatment of neurological illness and injury. If she cannot meet your needs she will do her best to redirect you to an alternative therapy service.
Q: What are your fees?
A: Fees vary based on travel distance. Please get in touch to hear the hourly therapy and travel rates.
Q: Where will the therapy sessions take place?
A: Therapy will happen wherever is most appropriate and convenient for you - at home, in the community, at a residential or nursing home, or in your workplace.
Q: How long will a course of treatment last?
A: An initial assessment will take approx 1-1.5 hours and following that we can provide you with an estimated duration of treatment. For those requiring several therapy sessions, goals will be set with you and reviewed regularly to keep you on track. The aim is to learn skills from therapy so you can continue to improve on your own or with the help of carers and family.
Q: Will my family or carers be involved?
A: Yes, if you give your permission. Having family and carers involved in therapy is often key to achieving your full potential. Families can either join the sessions or can recieve updates periodically.
Q: How do I get referred?
A: You can refer yourself or someone from your care team or family can refer on your behalf. All referrals can be made via email. A telephone call can then be scheduled if you prefer to discuss over the phone.
Q: Can I get a therapy report?
A: Yes. We can provide you with an update or discharge report upon request.
Q: What is Telehealth and how can it help?
A: Telehealth refers to any digitally-based health intervention. Using a combination of video recording, video conferencing and telephone, many occupational therapy goals can still be achieved. Certain interventions are more suited to a telehealth approach than others. Please get in touch to discuss your particular needs and to find out if a telehealth approach is suitable in your case.
If your question is not answered here please get in touch and I will do my best to help you.