Occupational Therapy

The goal of the Occupational Therapist is to enable you to engage in your meaningful occupations as independently as possible while maintaining quality of life during your palliative care journey.

This may include the following:

  • An assessment of your physical and cognitive function, including activities of daily living; self-care, productivity and leisure.
  • Environmental assessment to ensure your and your family members safety.
  • Provision of equipment to enable independence and safety if the assessment has indicated.
  • Education for you and your family in some of the following areas: transfer techniques, pressure care, fatigue management and energy conservation, breathlessness techniques, maintaining routine, adapting to change/loss in roles.

You will be referred to us by a member of the medical, nursing or Family Support Team as deemed appropriate. Please also free to request a referral from your clinician if you would like.

There are two Occupational Therapists on the team. Penny Broad works every Monday and Eimear Kealey works from Tuesday to Friday.

If you would like to know more about how Occupational Therapy could support you please contact Eimear on 027 421 6988 or email occupational.therapy@teomanga.org.nz

Eimear Kealey