As part of Occupational Therapy Week, Wokingham Borough Council is reinforcing its commitment to support residents with additional needs to stay in their homes for longer where suitable.
The cost of providing basic services is increasing dramatically and these unprecedented financial challenges are coming at a time when residents are most in need. However, the council is committed to protecting vital services to allow all residents more independence, choice and control through sound financial management.
The council’s occupational therapy team uses techniques to improve, rehabilitate, or maintain a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. This support can give people a renewed sense of purpose, whilst opening up new and exciting opportunities.
In recent years, additional investment in specialist equipment, education and training has reduced the need for multiple home carers helping residents to build stronger relationship with their carer whilst giving them more privacy and dignity.
Providing reablement and specialist equipment, focusing on a person’s own strengths and abilities, enables residents to enjoy everyday activities at home and within their community independently and safely.
The council’s reablement service also helps residents to maintain life skills, rebuild their confidence, and promote wellbeing. The cost of the new equipment and reablement services is quickly offset by savings in care cost but more importantly, it allows more residents to receive help to improve their independence and quality of life.
The Oak Wing
The council also has a specialist facility located on The Oak Wing at Suffolk Lodge, one of its residential care home in Wokingham. The facility makes the transfer back home easier for residents leaving hospital while freeing up hospital beds for those awaiting procedures. At point of referral, adult social care staff identify those leaving hospital who would benefit from a period of reablement at the Oak Wing before returning home if required.
The Oak Wing, which can support up to eight Wokingham residents at a time, provides a specialist team incorporating therapists, trained support staff, reablement assistants, social workers and health colleagues, who work in partnership to facilitate the independence of the resident and their desired outcomes.
The Oak Wing plays a vital role in significantly reducing the number of discharge delays due to social care needs. It provides a safe environment where important decisions about peoples’ long term care can be carefully assessed and considered, allowing the resident to avoid feeling pressurised to make a quick decision about their future without having time to consider all their options.
Unprecedented financial challenges
Cllr David Hare, executive member for health, wellbeing and adult services said, “We are facing unprecedented financial challenges, but we are committed to protecting our vital services that keep our residents safe. Our occupational therapists provide many of our residents the ability to live independently for longer with dignity.
“Through the use of reablement and specialist equipment where appropriate, we are able to work more efficiently, redeploying staff to help more residents to live independently for longer if they so choose”.
To find out more about the services provided by the council’s occupational therapy team or if you are interested on pursuing a career as an occupational therapist at Wokingham Borough Council visit our website.
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