Elderly need Better Access to Occupational Therapy in Wales
A report has shed light on the lack of access to OT services for the elderly in Wales, with the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) saying improvements are needed
Julia Scott, RCOT Chief Executive, said that there “can no longer be any excuse” as to why all older people in Wales lack access to the best OT services. "Occupational therapy has proved its value. But now is the time for this work to go further and faster.”
She continued, "We want occupational therapists to be given the tools and resources necessary to ensure that everyone across Wales receives these same high standards of care”.
The report advocated that better opportunities for OT services would help older people to keep their dignity and would also allow health and social care services to work more efficiently. According to the Welsh Government, occupational therapists are increasingly playing a “key role” in health and social care.
The report was published in July and outlined the following recommendations:
Wales Policy Officer for ROCT, Ruth Crowder, explained that “high-volume, low-cost" approaches to delivering care have an "isolating and dehumanising effect" on older people.
She added: “Across Wales there are some really innovative examples where the intelligent deployment of occupational therapy services has enhanced the lives of older people. These savings are achievable but rely on better-designed and connected services in our communities."