Lorraine - Occupational Therapist
Lorraine works with clients on short term 12-week Transition Care Packages (TCP).
Transition care packages are available for clients 65 years or older who have been in hospital but need additional support and therapy to recover and return home safely. Their aim is to prevent... Read more
Transition care packages are available for clients 65 years or older who have been in hospital but need additional support and therapy to recover and return home safely. Their aim is to prevent people from being readmitted to hospital in future by rehabilitating them and setting up long term supports.
TCP can involve going straight home from hospital with additional support for 12 weeks or 12 weeks including staying part of the time in residential transition care followed by the rest of the time at home with additional services. During this time people have access to therapy services, personal care, domestic support and equipment in order to achieve goals that they have set for themselves.
Lorraine describes her role: "During a normal week I would go to residential facilities' transition care team meetings to provide Occupational Therapy (OT) input. When clients on TCP return home with the ECH Transition Care Team as their support organisation I then work with them to achieve whatever goals they have identified for themselves such as showering independently, going safely in and out the front door, developing their computer skills, working to manage a chronic condition such as arthritis or returning to driving. I chose to work in health because I am interested in people, their differences and all the things that people can do to overcome their challenges.
I became an OT because I am a practical hands on person and OT gives me lots of interesting variety. The core of OT is client-centred practice and the aim is to meet the client's goal whatever that might be. We are interested in people in a holistic sense. I often work with people who have had big changes to their health and ability to do things but struggle to accept how this will affect their daily life. I find it most rewarding when a client has a difficult goal that they want to meet and we work together on all the little things that come together so that it can be achieved." Collapse