What is Occupational Therapy? How this Treatment Adds Value to Patients Lives

Occupational therapy is one of the most effective ways to bring joy back into our patients lives. This therapy works in conjunction with any other medical needs of the patient. But instead of focusing on the patient’s specific medical needs, it’s focused on the activities that bring independence and allow patients to live life to the fullest. Because this therapy is highly individualized, it is able to help a wide variety of people with the challenges they face.

What Is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy is an ongoing learning and support therapy. It helps people get the most out of their day by using instructional activities. These activities are called occupations and are helpful for many age groups. It can help kids get the skills they need to participate in school, or adults to regain skills after injury. Occupational Therapy doesn’t solve the issue at hand, but it gives the patient the ability to live more easily with their injury, disability, or cognitive state. 

Who Is Occupational Therapy For?

Occupational therapy can be beneficial at any age. As a therapy, it helps to promote health by teaching the individual how to manage day to day tasks. Making those tasks more achievable makes room for more joy. 

  • Kids with disabilities may find school or social activities difficult to participate in on their own. With this therapy, kids with disabilities can learn the skills they need to have a rich school and social life. 
  • Anyone who has experienced a significant injury may need to relearn skills they already had previously. Working on building fine motor skills, coordination, and muscle control helps make it easier to do every day tasks, and live a more independent life.
  • Older adults may begin to experience physical or cognitive changes over time. These changes can make it suddenly difficult to do everyday tasks like eating, showering, or changing clothes. Occupational therapy can help older adults to live independently and ensures that their home is safe and prepared for their ability level. 

What Conditions Can Be Treated?

Occupational therapy is often used in conjunction with other therapies and medications when treating an illness. Because of this, occupational therapy is used to help treatment in a wide variety of different conditions including the following:

  • Amputations
  • Arthritis
  • Brain injury, Dementia, Alzheimers
  • Hip or knee replacements
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Spinal Injury
  • Stroke

How Does This Therapy Work?

Occupational therapy is the most beneficial when it’s one-on-one with the therapist and the patient. Our occupational therapists work with our patients in their homes to build on the individual skills they need. 

Working from the patients home, our therapists are able to gain much needed context. This context helps them understand the patients real needs. For example, they can work on a teeth brushing activity from the bathroom where the patient will put it to practice. Occupational therapy from home also gives the benefit of the therapist assessing if any updates need to be made to the home. This is to make sure it is safe and appropriate for the patient’s skill level. 

Our one-on-one therapy approach allows for an individualized treatment plan that includes the patient’s goals. Are you or a loved one a good fit for at-home Therapy? Find out with our quiz!

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