Occupational Therapists Use Tech During Pandemic
Occupational therapists in Powys use modern technology as they continue to operate during the Covid-19 pandemic.
07:47 09 July 2020
Occupational therapists in Powys are turning into technology so they can continue to provide services to patients while adhering to strict social distancing protocols in place. Staff members are taking advantage of video consultations using smartphones, laptops and tablets to stay safe.
Verena Zimmer, the lead occupational therapist for the south of the county, said: "Prior to Covid-19, all consultations with our clients were done face-to-face but we've adapted our way of working to keep everyone safe."
"Although a very small number of in-person consultations do take place - with my colleagues wearing appropriate PPE and social distancing - we've found that we've been able to carry out a lot of work via cameras on phones and webcams."
She added: "We use the phrase Moving with Dignity to reflect the manner in which we aim to help our service users. Even though we may be using technology, our aim is always to ensure that the individual is able to maintain her or his dignity as far as possible."
Commenting on the scheme, Councillor Myfanwy Alexander, Cabinet Member for adults social care with the council, said: "Our occupational therapists are renowned for their ability to provide practical solutions to problems and they have demonstrated this strength in many innovative ways in this challenging times."