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Occupational therapy and Parkinson's

Adapted cutlery provided through occupational therapy

Occupational therapists are health professionals who can help people of all ages with Parkinson's maintain their independence for longer and carry on doing the activities that are important in their lives.

They do this by giving advice on how to manage a wide range of everyday tasks, life and work skills, and hobbies.

They can also recommend ways to make homes and workplaces safer and easier to cope with.

How occupational therapy can help

The occupational therapist was a tremendous help. We looked at many aids and pieces of large equipment.

Julie, who's mum has Parkinson's

If you have Parkinson's, you may have problems with everyday tasks such as bathing, dressing, eating, working and learning.

An occupational therapist will help you manage these tasks. They may:

  • suggest easier ways to do tasks that are difficult for you
  • help you keep up hobbies and leisure interests
  • help you find ways to continue working
  • recommend changes to make your home safer, such as handrails
  • recommend equipment or mobility aids

They can help manage Parkinson's symptoms such as fatigue, communication problems and anxiety.

How do I find an occupational therapist?

You can usually contact an occupational therapist through your GP, your social services or social work department, or health and social care trust.

You can also pay for private occupational therapy.


Last Information Standard review March 2015. Next review March 2018.