Occupational Therapy: Care of the Elderly

Occupational Therapists provide assessment and interventions to assist elderly patients return to everyday activities independently and safely.

The Care of the Elderly Occupational Therapy team are part of the Occupational Therapy department.

Occupational Therapists work on the care of the elderly wards at Sunderland Royal Hospital. Nursing staff may refer patients to the Occupational Therapy service during their stay and an Occupational Therapist will visit you on the ward to gather information about how patients managed before they came into hospital and to ask patients about any concerns before they return home.

The Occupational Therapy Department provides a seven day service and are open from 08:00 to 16:30 each day.

Occupational Therapists wear green trousers and white tunics.

Occupational Therapy 0191 5656256 extension 42412

Occupational Therapy Department

Sunderland Royal Hospital

Kayll Road



The Occupational Therapy Department is located in Entrance 8 Rehabilitation at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

The nearest care park is the small care park near to surgical day case or main outpatients car park.

Occupational Therapists with expert knowledge in Care of the Elderly oversee the care of all patients, with input from support staff.

Patients may attend the Occupational Therapy Department where they are able to practice every day tasks for example getting on and off the bed, in and out the bath and tasks in the kitchen. If patients are struggling with these tasks, the Occupational Therapist will show the patient equipment that may help them after they are discharged home.

Further recommendations may be made for patients, such as practices of tasks to improve mobility and transfers (getting on and off beds, toilets and in and out of the bath) or how people will manage at home in the kitchen after they are discharged.

Occupational Therapists make recommendations for carer support, or if patients require further rehabilitation. This may be provided in the patient’s home from community teams or in a local bed based rehabilitation facility.

For some patients a visit to their own home may be carried out from the ward, to see how patients manage in their own environment.

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