What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapists can be instrumental in helping seniors to regain or maintain their independence. Trained therapists work with a variety of diagnoses to educate, alleviate pain, improve safety, and enhance functional performance.
Occupational Therapy is concerned with quality of life, and can help people improve their functional abilities and adapt to life changes. By taking the full picture into account - a person's psychological, physical, emotional, and social makeup, as well as their environment - occupational therapy assists clients to:
- Achieve goals
- Function at the highest possible level
- Concentrate on what matters most to them
- Maintain or rebuild their independence
- Participate in daily activities that they need or want to do
Innovative therapies, programs, and procedures include:
- Education and training in daily living skills
- Bathing, dressing, eating, grooming, using the bathroom, meal preparation, and home management
- Sensory-Motor skills re-training
- Strength and range of motion training
- Cognitive Integration Techniques
- Selection and use of adaptive equipment
- Design, fabrication, and application of orthoses (splints)