Ness Dementia Hubs from a student Occupational Therapists perspective

Siobhan has recently completed her 3rd and final placement with us here at The Ness Care Group and will soon qualify as an Occupational Therapist. As part of Occupational Therapy Week #OTWeek23 she wanted to share her experience of the importance of engaging in occupations.

I have really enjoyed my time at The Ness, getting to know people, their life experiences and supporting them to participate in activities that are meaningful to them has been incredible to witness. However, as the first student to undertake a placement at The Ness, there were some initial challenges, but with the support of a wonderful mentor and team, I was able to overcome and learn from these experiences.

The best part has been when someone has been hesitant to attend a session and then they leave with a smile on their face, having had a nice day. That is what has made this placement worthwhile. Alongside learning more about Dementia and working with a team of dedicated people. It’s amazing to witness the passion the staff have at The Ness for supporting individuals to live a full life.

Occupational Therapists play a vital role in supporting individuals living with Dementia and share very similar values to us here at The Ness. OTs help to bridge the connection between where someone is and where they want to go, proving that with the right tools and home adaptations anyone can live well with Dementia.

And for what we do at The Ness, well, we support people to maintain their cognitive function, social engagement and independence to enhance wellbeing and quality of life, whilst building confidence to re-engage in those occupations that may have been lost for whatever reason.

Interested in becoming an Occupational Therapist or finding out more? Amy, our Occupational Therapy Lead is here to answer any questions you may have [email protected]