Discovered in Europe in the 1700’s and widely used in all American wars, Occupational therapy addresses many areas of the body and mind. We like to say Occupational Therapy helps restore the things we take for granted, such as brushing our hair, putting on socks or using both sides of our body effectively after a stroke.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy is based on goal-directed treatments that help individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives.  They assist people in developing the “skills for the job of living” necessary for living and functioning independently.

Occupational therapy practitioners are highly skilled, licensed professionals.  Their education includes the study of human growth and development, with specific emphasis on the social, emotional and physical effects of illness and injury.

Common conditions that benefit from occupational therapy include:

  • Limitations following a CVA/stroke or heart attack
  • Arthritis, multiple sclerosis, or other serious chronic conditions
  • Dementia-related problems such as Alzheimers
  • Loss of ability and weakness from an injury or hospitalization
  • Broken bones or other injuries from falls, injuries or accidents
  • Vision or cognitive problems that threaten the ability to drive

How can occupational therapy help?

Occupational therapy has been proven effective for older adults living with various medical conditions or recovering from surgery.

  • Education and training in daily living skills such as bathing, dressing and eating
  • Using adaptations, such as assistive equipment (walker, cane, shoe horn) and physical environmental design
  • Sensorimotor treatment in strengthening, endurance, range of motion, coordination, balance and functional mobility
  • Compensation for loss of one or more of the 5 senses
  • Therapeutic activity for memory, orientation and cognitive integration
  • Prevention and health promotion through conserving energy, proper body mechanics, and joint protection/preservation

Chances are that you or a family member will benefit from occupational therapy services at some point in your life.  April is National Occupational Therapy Awareness Month. For more information on how occupational therapy can benefit you now or in the future, visit your therapy department.  Occupational therapy is a part of the rehabilitation department and services are covered by Medicare, and most insurance plans.

 

Submitted By: Therapy Department

References: www.aota.org