Occupational therapy is an important, often under-utilized service, that helps people across their lifespan participate in the things that they want and need to do, through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. OT changes lives everyday.
Occupational therapists help people restore their ability to perform activities of daily living that may have become impaired due to disability, injury, or illness. The primary goal of the occupational therapist is to work with the patient in order for patients to function at an optimum level of ability. Occupational therapy is unique to each individual and their environment. People of varying ages receive occupational therapy to help them participate in daily activities. Occupational therapists assist people in overcoming their medical conditions to perform everyday tasks that may have once been considered simple.
Some of the conditions that are commonly seen by occupational therapists are:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Other neurological conditions (Lyme, Gullian-Barre)
- Orthopedic Injuries of the shoulder/elbow/wrist and hand
- Hand therapy
- Pediatrics (Developmental, Sensory Integration)
- Amputations of the upper extremity
Occupational therapists are instrumental in performing safety evaluations, recommending appropriate adaptive equipment and providing strategies to ensure safety while developing and maintaining independence within their home environment. Customized programs to improve one’s ability to perform daily activities are the overall goal. During this process guidance to the patient, family and caregiver is provided. A person needing OT could be an individual facing change related to aging, a child who may be having difficulties performing tasks in school or even be a family member experiencing or coping with an illness. People requiring the skills of an Occupational therapist could be just about anyone for any number of reasons who are unable to do the things in life they wish or need to do.