Occupational therapy is a treatment that incorporates meaningful activity to promote participation in everyday life. Abbi Home Care’s occupational therapists work with seniors in different settings including assisted living facilities, adult day care centers and community senior centers. A therapist always begins with an evaluation to determine what difficulties a person might be having that interfere with independence. Here is a list of some the ways our trained occupational therapists can help seniors with disabilities:
- Teach a person with arthritis to protect the joints and conserve energy.
- Help a person with limited range-of-motion to do stretching exercises and use adaptive equipment such as a sponge with a long handle
- Train a person with an amputation to put a prosthesis on and off
- Help a person with low vision adapt the environment to avoid glare and increase color contrast
- Help a person with memory impairment organize and label draws and cabinets
Many people do not understand how occupational therapy differs from physical therapy. The primary difference is that the occupational therapist assesses the patient’s ability to perform his daily “occupations” or activities and the physical therapist focuses on improving mobility. When a physical therapist treats a person with a hip fracture his goal may be for the patient to walk and use the stairs. An occupational therapist, on the other hand, may recommend bathtub grab bars and a raised toilet seat to increase safety and independence during self-care “occupations”.