You were probably fully independent before you had your blood or marrow transplant but now you may have difficulty with everyday activities. It is likely that this will be a temporary situation but you may require some help in the meantime before you are fully independent again.

There are Occupational Therapists (OT) available at the hospital that can help with regaining independence. OTs focus on your ability to carry out everyday tasks which are important and relevant to your lifestyle. Individual abilities and areas of difficulty are identified through assessment, with a view to increasing independence and quality of life.

You may need to see an OT if you have difficulty with any of the following activities or have any other practical problems:

  • washing/bathing/showering
  • dressing
  • eating/feeding
  • toileting
  • sitting down/getting up
  • kitchen activities
  • work
  • leisure

OTs can provide information and advice on equipment and adaptations.  They can assess and adapt your home environment to make your life easier.

Depending on which is most relevant for you, Occupational Therapy may take place on the ward, in the OT Department, or in your own home. You may be seen by either an OT or an OT support worker.

Occupational Therapists are part of a multi-disciplinary team working closely with other professionals both in the hospital and the community setting e.g. doctors, nursing staff, physiotherapists and social workers.

Occupational Therapy aims for increased levels of independence and maintaining quality of life and uses a variety of methods to achieve this.

These may include:

• assessing and identifying areas of difficulty

• practice of everyday activities

• teaching new skills and techniques

If you have difficulties with any of the activities mentioned then please ask your clinical team at the hospital to refer you to the OT department.

There is more information about OTs on this link.

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