This week we are celebrating the contribution made by our Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants to the lives of people with mental health issues and learning disabilities.
Meet Lea, an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) on Cofton Ward at Langdon Hospital in Dawlish, home to our Secure mental health services. Cofton is a medium-secure rehabilitation ward with 15 beds and is one of the four wards at the Dewnans Centre. Our Secure services are available to adult males who find themselves in contact with the legal system because of their mental health needs.
Lea has been with us since January this year, first working on main reception at the Dewnans Centre. Prior to this, Lea had been an activities coordinator in care homes for the elderly and people with dementia. Lea says: "I really missed caring for people so when the vacancy came up for an OTA I went for interview and got the job. I've finally found where I'm supposed to be and plan to be here for a long time!"
12:00 Handover with nursing team.
12:30 Ground leave with patient, walking arounds the grounds taking in the scenery and getting a workout whilst walking and talking.
13:00 Trip to a local supermarket with a patient to focus on budgeting and having confidence in crowded places.
14:30 Session in the gym with a patient who has been inactive for many months. A gentle incline on the treadmill, workout accomplished.
15:15 Break time
15:45 Social supper group. Kitchen is opened and we all work together learning new skills and chatting.
17:00 Serve up dinner for the ward that we have prepared. A chance for everyone to get together as a group and enjoy the food we have made.
18:00 Movie time – a few patients help set up wthe TV area, preparing popcorn, getting drinks ready, and we sit down together like a family.
20:00 Home time
There is always plenty to do when Lea is around
It’s never boring – she encourages us to stay active
Lea is a good person to talk to if I am upset or distressed
Lea has brought interesting things to the ward
Lea is hard working and conscientious
Lea has brought interesting things to the ward lots of activity to get involved in
Lea is a delight on the ward. She spends time helping patients and supporting staff