Here at H.O.C., we like to make sure that we keep you updated on current, trending topics in the Home Health industry, elderly and disabled community and general health all together. That being said, did you know that April is National Occupational Therapy Month? It’s ok, don’t be alarmed if you didn’t, that’s where we come in, to bring more awareness about on this Hot, trending topic.
What is Occupational Therapy one might ask?
Occupational therapy is a health and rehabilitation profession. In its simplest terms, Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants help injured, ill, or disabled patients across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). They help these patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working. Occupational therapists use the “occupations” of self-care, work, and play/leisure activities to increase independence, enhance development, and/or prevent disability. To achieve these goals occupational therapists may also adapt the task or the environment. Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.
Occupational Therapy Services Typically Include
- Customized treatment programs to improve one’s ability to perform daily activities
- Comprehensive home and job site evaluations with adaptation recommendations
- Performance skills assessments and treatment
- Adaptive equipment recommendations and usage training
- Guidance to family members and caregivers.
The occupational therapist (OT) helps people of all ages (from newborns to older adults) who have an illness or disability to do those things that are important and meaningful to them such as eating, dressing, school activities, and work. The OT helps by making changes in any of the things that may limit an individual’s ability to do those tasks, including the environment, the task, or the person’s skills needed for the task. OTs also have the knowledge and training to work with people with a mental illness or emotional problem such as depression and/or stress.
When one is in need for Occupational Therapy, O.T. as we like to call it, it can be for numerous reasons. One in particular that we see a lot here at the H.O.C. agency includes those recovering from a Stroke. Having a stroke is an event in life that may otherwise bring us, and/or the one around us, to a state of minimal hope or confusion. However, we know that having a stroke does not always mean an end to running around with grandchildren, making your own glass of tea or signing along with the church choir. Thanks to our friends at the American Occupational Therapy Association, http://www.aota.org, they have compiled a great list of desires and suggestions on how to meet those desires, along with a professional O.T’s expertise.
To learn more about OT both on a broad and narrow spectrum, visit http://www.aota.org OR http://www.hochomecare.com/TV. We have an EXCLUSIVE interview with Occupational Therapist, Joanna Capri. Visit the link http://youtu.be/iRMzcNWvLOc to be sent directly to the video!
You can contact Hands of Compassion 24/7/365 with your questions about OT, inquires about receiving services and much much more.
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