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Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy is about giving you support with particular activities to help with any physical or mental challenges that you may have.

A member of the occupational therapy team will visit you at home and assess your ability to carry out everyday tasks. They will then discuss with you how to maintain and increase your independence and ensure your safety at home.

The occupational therapist may assess your abilities in the following areas:

  • getting in and out of bed
  • getting on and off the toilet
  • going up and down stairs

How the occupational therapy team can help

A member of the occupational therapy team will:

  • make appropriate recommendations to address the difficulties you or your carer are having, and try to find solutions to maximize your independence
  • offer advice on how to carry out activities, or suggest equipment and minor adaptations to help you
  • recommend major adaptations to your property if necessary

Eligibility for community occupational assessment

Occupational therapy assessments are offered to people of all ages who fulfil the following three requirements:

  • live permanently in Waltham Forest,
  • live with a permanent and substantial disability, and
  • have difficulty carrying out essential activities by themselves.

How to get this service

People aged over 18 can self-refer to the occupational therapy service by calling Waltham Forest Direct on 020 8496 3000.

A general practitioner, family member or other professional can also make a referral on behalf of the person.

Download and complete the Disability Referral Form (word doc 136KB) and return to:

Access and Assessment Team
Willow House
869 Forest Road
Walthamstow
London E17 4UH

Community learning disability team

For more information see our occupational therapy for people with learning disabilities booklet (pdf 259KB).

We work with people in their homes or day centres to help you gain or develop skills. We assess your difficulties, needs and concerns around:

  • personal care, e.g. washing and dressing
  • domestic tasks, e.g. housework and cooking
  • community and leisure activities, e.g. using public transport or the swimming pool
  • work and vocational skills, e.g. sheltered employment and training

We then discuss and plan ways of working towards possible solutions and of overcoming any effects of your disability.

Who can have this service

Adults with a learning disability living in Waltham Forest who are assessed as needing the service.

The service is provided free, according to your health needs.

How to get this service

In the first instance, contact your social worker or the community learning disabilities team at:

30 Coleridge Road
Walthamstow
London E17 6QU

Phone: 020 8521 0337
Fax: 020 8521 8511

Children's occupational therapy team

An occupational therapist is trained to help a child or young person develop and maintain their independence skills. They work with children at home, in their school or in the wider community.

Sometimes a child will need occupational therapy to help them change the way they complete an activity, for example, by working on their ability to coordinate themselves, use their hands or improve their planning skills. This treatment is usually activity based where play, group or craft activities are carefully used in the child’s programme.

Other children will need the loan of specialised equipment or adaptations to their homes, e.g. grab rails beside the toilet to help with their independence. Often carers may need to be loaned specialised equipment to move their children safely, or to help them bath or sit comfortably.

Occupational therapists assess the needs of the child, their carers and the home so they can advise on the most appropriate way of helping each individual. An occupational therapist will also advise schools on the most appropriate equipment and adaptations needed for a child.

How to get this service

Available for children under 18. Contact us at:

First Response Team – Children
Juniper House
PO Box 856
Walthamstow
London E17 9PN

Phone: 020 8496 3000

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