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In-Home Occupational Therapy

As an important part of rehabilitation, occupational therapy can change your life for the better. It is not the same as physical therapy, although both services share some of the same characteristics. Occupational therapy is primarily concerned with improving activities of daily living (ADL), which may include dressing, bathing, cooking, cleaning, driving, and much more. Occupational therapists are rehabilitation experts who help people across the lifespan participate in activities they need and want to do through a therapeutic, patient-focused approach.

Should My Loved One Have Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy can make daily management of chronic conditions easier. For example:

  • Diabetes: Many ADLs for diabetics include blood sugar monitoring, hygiene and foot care, healthy meal planning and prep, getting enough exercise, and learning healthy coping strategies. An occupational therapist can also help train patient on how to use compensatory strategies for those with low vision or motor loss.
  • Heart failure: Conserving energy and reducing the demands of ADLs is important for those with heart failure. Occupational
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): Energy conservation can reduce the demands of ADLs for those with COPD. Occupational therapists can assist patients with pacing, planning, and stress management associated with their COPD.
  • Cognitive decline: Occupational therapist addresses ADLs and stress management techniques for those who are more likely to have biopsychosocial issues. The goal is to reduce patient agitation or confusion.

Occupational therapy can help patients regain some of their independence as they work on strengthening, balance, and safety, all of which are important for ADLs such as dressing and bathing. The goal is to get each patient as independent and safe as possible. The occupational therapist is an important part of the in-home caregiving team and helps teach the caregiving professionals safe body mechanics so they don’t injure themselves trying to lift or move a patient.

Occupational therapy changes lives. To learn more about our rehabilitation offerings from Choice Health at Home, please contact us at 855.485.8273 today.

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