Benefits Of Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy to improve daily living is an evidence-based practice that helps individuals participate in meaningful activities to reach their goals. Occupational therapists work with clients across all age groups and in many settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation and psychiatric hospitals, offices and clinics, school systems, nursing homes, and home health agencies.
OTs are compassionate, patient people with a deep desire to improve the quality of life for their patients. They are well-versed in the science of occupation and use a holistic approach that looks at an individual’s whole environment and the role of activity in their life. They have excellent communication skills, which allows them to interact with people from a wide range of backgrounds. Those who work in this field often find that their work is fulfilling and satisfying.
There are numerous responsibilities and duties of an occupational therapist, but it is most important for them to help their patients regain independence after a setback or injury. This can involve relearning how to do everyday tasks, from cooking or using public transport to managing finances and communicating with friends and neighbours. It could also mean building confidence to go out for social activities, get back into hobbies and participate in community groups.
In addition to improving quality of life, OTs are also focused on reducing the risk of avoidable ER visits and hospitalizations. They can identify early symptoms of illness, such as a fall or exacerbation of an existing condition. They can then work with a person and their doctor to put in place preventative care programs that will minimize the risk of future episodes.
Senior Home Care
Home health aides are skilled professionals who are specially trained to address the needs of seniors and older adults in their own homes. They can provide a wide range of in-home services, from helping with daily routines like bathing and dressing to meal preparation and assistance with medication management. They can also assist with mobility and exercise, help with housework and laundry, and provide emotional support.
A national certification, such as the OTR or COTA, is a sign that an OT has met high standards of education and training and is qualified to provide the best possible service. Certified therapists are trained in a wide variety of conditions, such as amputation, stroke, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Occupational therapy has the power to change lives and impact communities and society as a whole. This is why AOTA promotes the profession in the mainstream media, welcoming journalists and radio personalities to our events and conferences. They can learn more about how OT works to change policy, environments, and complex systems. This includes promoting the occupational justice model, which recognizes that access to meaningful activities is an essential human right.