Stroke Care

There is currently 1 full time Senior Occupational Therapist and 1 half time Basic Grade Occupational Therapist working in Acute Stroke Care at St. Vincent’s University Hospital.

Stroke Staff: 1.5 Senior and 0.5 staff grade rotational  

We work as part of a co-ordinated multidisciplinary stroke team. The team meet weekly to discuss the progress of people referred to the ‘Stroke Programme’ and new referrals to the team. The Occupational Therapist will screen referrals at this meeting for suitability for Occupational Therapy assessment. An occupational therapy waiting list may apply due to high numbers of referrals. There is currently no outpatient service.


Following a stroke, a person may have difficultly with self-care tasks (washing, dressing, feeding), returning to work, completing home /domestic tasks or participating in leisure activities. This inability to engage fully in daily activities can be due to many different reasons depending on the type of stroke experienced, for example you may physically have problems moving / getting around due to arm /leg weakness or you may not be able to cook for yourself due to difficulties in concentrating or impaired memory.


The Occupational Therapist, will following referral, complete an assessment of a persons current level of ability and ascertain the reasons why a person is unable to participate in the activities they need or want to do. We will develop a treatment programme with the person to assist them in improving their ability to perform activities of daily living. This may involve giving the person time and opportunity to practise specific tasks (e.g. meal preparation, washing / dressing), teaching new or alternative ways to complete a task and /or providing equipment or assistive devices to help achieve goals (e.g. providing cutlery with a special grip /handle to allow person to feed themselves). 


Some areas of intervention may include:

·        Assessment for special seating to promote good posture /positioning

·        Provision of splints to promote good positioning and minimise risk of contracture /deformity.

·        Assessment of the impact of Visual field deficits following stroke and advice on rehabilitation /compensatory strategies.

·        Assessment of the impact of cognitive problems (e.g. attention, memory) and Perceptual problems (e.g. ignoring left side of body, difficulty perceiving distance) on a persons independence. Education to person /family re: improving, adapting or compensating for these deficits.

·        Assessment for assistive devices (e.g. adapted cutlery, long handled sponge)

·        Home Assessment and advice on aids / adaptations.


The Occupational Therapy Stroke Service is based in the Allied Therapy Suite on the 1st floor of the hospital.

Hours of work:     8.30am – 4.30pm (Monday to Friday)

Contact: Tel 01 2214535