Sophia Dickinson BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

Owner of Home Independence Occupational Therapy Ltd.

This month, I am delighted to host a guest blog from Sophia. I met Sophia several years ago and we share the same “person-centred” approach to the services we offer. That means we look at your loved one and what will work for them to improve their quality of life, we do not approach with the idea that “one size can be tweaked a bit to suit you”.

What Can an Occupational Therapist (OT) Offer Your Loved One?

They can advise on ways to reduce the risk of falls, increase safety, and promote independence at home and at work.

What is the difference between an Occupational Therapist and a Physiotherapist?

“A Physiotherapist will focus on treating a client’s injury and working to improve his/her ability to perform movement of the human body. Meanwhile, an Occupational Therapist will help the injured person improve their ability to perform activities of daily living independently following a period of physical impairment.” Closing the Gap (2019)

What Health Issues Can an OT Help With?

Here is a list of health issues that I can support you with:

  • Reduced mobility
  • Arthritis
  • Falls
  • Cardiac
  • Respiratory
  • Orthopaedics
  • Amputations
  • Dementia
  • Neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease

What Goals Would You Be Able to Help my Loved One Achieve?

Goals could include:

  • Promoting independence with everyday activities.
  • Supporting access in the home and garden
  • Helping to access the community
  • Wheelchair accessibility
  • Improving moving and handling
  • Reducing the risk of falls
  • Becoming work-ready

What does the assessment process include?

A person-centred Occupational Therapy assessment is completed at your loved one’s home to gather information, giving a full picture of your loved one’s needs and their home environment and understand the goals they would like to achieve. It will take approximately 2 hours. I will provide a report on adaptations that could be made to their home and activities that they could undertake to help them reach those goals.

This will be tailored to their needs to help to improve and maintain their mobility and manage their health conditions and make it easier for them to carry out everyday activities at home or work.

How Can We Start the Process?

You do not need to be referred to me by another healthcare professional.

If you’re interested in me carrying out an Independent Occupational Therapy assessment for your loved one, then:

Please telephone on 07341265564 or email


complete the contact form here.

What Training Will an Occupational Therapist Have?

“Occupational Therapy (OT) is a science degree-based, health and social care profession, regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council. Occupational therapy takes a “whole-person approach” to both mental and physical health and wellbeing and enables individuals to achieve their full potential.”

Royal College of Occupational Therapists (2021)