Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy (OT) helps people to have as much independence and quality of life as possible. 

Occupational Therapists work with people in the community to overcome limitations caused by injury, illness, disability or the effects of ageing

How we can support you

We work with people in their own homes and in clinics based in primary care health centres.

After an assessment, the Occupational Therapist will set goals to maintain or improve your daily activities.

Who benefits from Occupational Therapy

People who may have some of the following conditions:

  • Chronic health conditions that are impacting on one’s ability to do activities of daily living
  • A suspected or diagnosed dementia or memory problem
  • Neurological disorders and disabilities, for example brain injury, MS, MND, Parkinson’s Disease
  • Older adults who need assistance to engage with activities
  • Adults who have sustained a physical injury that has reduced their ability to be independent
  • Persons requiring end of life care or palliative care 

Getting referred

Your initial referral can be made by your GP, physiotherapist, Public Health Nurse (PHN) or Speech and Language Therapist.

When you are referred you will be put on a waiting list.

When your file has been given to an Occupational Therapist they will phone or write to you to arrange an appointment.

Your OT appointment may happen by phone, in the clinic, or in your home.

All Occupational Therapists working for the HSE are registered with CORU.

Contact Details

All referrals are processed through the main Occupational Therapy office for South Tipperary in Clonmel. 

Address: 

OT Department
South Tipperary Therapy Services
Community Care
Western Road
Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

Phone OT Administration: 05261 83405

Email referrals: PCCC.OTST@hse.ie

Opening Hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (Closed on Bank Holidays)

Equipment

Broken equipment supplied by the HSE OT department 

Contact the OT Department to get your equipment fixed.

Phone:05261 83405, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. If no one answers, leave a voice message.  

Have the asset number of your equipment when you call. This number can be found on a little silver sticker on the equipment which says property of the HSE and a 5-digit Asset number. 

Arrange for your OT equipment to be collected

Contact the OT Department to arrange for your equipment to be collected if you are finished using it.

Phone:  05261 83405

Also you can call the free phone number on the Asset tag (silver sticker with Property of the HSE written on it) on your equipment to organise a return. 

Freephone:  1800 211432

If you do not want to wait for a HSE OT assessment to access equipment 

There is a list of private Occupational Therapists on the Association of Occupational Therapist of Ireland (AOTI) website.

You can also purchase small pieces of equipment from medical supply shops or online.

Bigger pieces of equipment can be available to hire.

Check with your private health insurance company. Many policies will pay for items, including wheelchairs. 

You do not need a medical card to see the OT

We accept referrals for anyone over the age of 18 who lives in our catchment area. 

We only supply equipment to people with a valid Medical Card, Long Term Illness card or a Health Act Amendment Card. 

Adapting your house 

People with a disability or older people may apply to their local county council for a home adaptation grant. 

Learn more about home adaptation grants

You may be asked for an OT report for some grants. In South Tipperary the County Council employ private Occupational Therapists to carry out these reports. 

You can contact the Association of Occupational Therapist of Ireland (AOTI) to find a list of Occupational Therapists who work privately. 

Local services and entitlements

The Tipperary Age Friendly Information Guide to Services for Older People in County Tipperary is a guide that contains information about: 

  • entitlements
  • health
  • housing
  • transport
  • safety and security
  • social and leisure activities
  • support groups and organisations 

Learn more about these support services

Occupational Therapy Tips and Strategies for Adults

We have included some leaflets that provide you with tips and strategies to help manage your daily activities.

They are from the Cork & Kerry Primary Care Adult Occupational Therapy Department. 

Choosing a chair

Buying and installing grab rails

Preventing falls

Managing fatigue

Mindfulness

Improving wellness through occupation

Tips to help your memory

Pain management

Preventing pressure ulcers

Other Resources 

The following links are from the HSE website and other sites. They contain useful information and links for services.