Alan Forrey MSc, MPsSI, MAOTI
Managing Director | Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist
Originally from Achill island Co. Mayo, Alan graduated from the University of Limerick with an honours degree in Psychology in 2008. In 2011 he obtained a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Leeds Beckett University and since graduating has worked as an Occupational Therapist for the health service in the UK and Ireland. Throughout this time he developed a foundation of knowledge and skills in the complexities of elderly care, working with multiple medical pathologies and neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, stroke and traumatic brain injury.
Alan began his career as a specialist practitioner in elderly care in 2014, when he commenced a senior position working in an older person’s assessment service at a major teaching hospital in London. The aim of the consultant-led service was to complete comprehensive geriatric assessment for all older people presenting to the A&E department and acute medical unit. It quickly became apparent that many of the admissions were unnecessary and could have been prevented with support from the right services at home. His work in this service led Alan to develop a passion for holistic management of frailty in the community.
As a result, he decided to further his specialist interest by co-leading an older person’s community service. Here he combined his clinical work with leadership of a multidisciplinary team consisting of consultant geriatricians, nurses, physiotherapists and pharmacists. The team addressed numerous issues common to the elderly including increasing frailty, cognitive decline, managing multiple chronic conditions, recurrent hospital admissions, reduced mobility, falls, continence issues and problems with medicines management.
In 2016 Alan decided to move home to Ireland to set up his own business specialising in elderly care, and Able Ageing was born. With our rapidly ageing population and predicted increase in disability among the elderly, Able Ageing aims to make specialist assessment and rehabilitation accessible to those who need it, when they need it, where they need it. Alan has an ambition to increase awareness in Ireland of the importance of high quality, individualised community care to help mitigate against the health risks of older adulthood, improve quality of life and decrease the need for acute hospital admission and long term care.
* Assessment & Treatment of Adults with Neurological Conditions (Modules 1-3), British Bobath Tutors Association, August 2012.
* Cognitive Rehabilitation Workshop for Professionals, Braintree Training, August 2013.
* Pressure & Posture in Wheelchair Seating, July 2013
* National Dementia Programme, Health Service Executive, May 2014.
* Experience Based Service Design. Acute Frailty Network. October 2015
* Foundations of Healthcare Leadership. NHS Leadership Academy. Feb 2016.
* Member, Psychological Society of Ireland.
* Member, Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland.
* Registered Occupational Therapist, Health & Care Professions Council (Reg. No. OT63111)
* Validated to practice as an Occupational Therapist in the Republic of Ireland (Dept of Health & Children)
* Member, Irish Gerontological Society.
* Member, World Federation of Occupational Therapists.
* Garda vetted in the Repubic of Ireland (2016).
*Disclosure & Barring Services Enhanced Certificate (Cert. No. 001553678486)
*Access NI Enhanced Disclosure Certificate (Cert. No. 2000307224)