OCCUPATIONAL therapists at Airedale Hospital are supporting a national awareness-raising campaign.

The OT team is backing Occupational Therapy Week, which began on Monday, with various activities.

It has issued pledges, shared blog posts about members’ roles and staged an information stall.

Among those outlining her work is Eleanor Binns, who serves on the Airedale and Wharfedale community rehab team.

She said: “I strive to ensure that I give 100 per cent to each patient I see.

“Seeing someone in their own home provides me with a clear insight into the whole person and their daily routine.

“It enables me to look at how they manage activities, from getting out of bed, washing and dressing, eating and drinking to domestic tasks.

“As well as equipment and adaptations, I can provide self-care advice such as energy conservation, fatigue management and relaxation techniques, as well as signposting on to other agencies and professionals.”

The national initiative is organised by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

Its chief executive officer, Julia Scott, pays tribute to Airedale Hospital’s involvement.

“I’m delighted that the hospital has joined the hundreds of organisations supporting Occupational Therapy Week,” she said. “It is a great reflection of local community spirit.

“The blog posts and pledges are an excellent way to promote the value of services that provide practical support to empower people to facilitate recovery and overcome barriers preventing them from doing the activities that matter to them. Occupational therapy support can make a real difference, giving people a renewed sense of purpose.”

, opening up fresh horizons and changing the way they feel about the future.”