As traumatizing as a severe injury or health condition may be, a complete recovery and return to daily activities eventually becomes the focal point of every patient’s medical care.There are a variety of therapies available to help patients relearn everyday activities, and they usually fall under the category of occupational therapy (OT). This is Occupational Therapy Month, we would like to share how patients benefit from the exercises, strategies and new skills taught during an OT session
What is Occupational Therapy (OT)?
OT provides strategies, adaptive equipment, and other modifications that will allow individuals to participate fully in the work place, at school or at home. Therapists help patients improve their physical and motor skills as well as mental and reasoning skills. The goal of every occupational therapist is to have their patient function in their everyday environment without assistance.
Occupational therapists might help with:
- Getting dressed
- Daily grooming & bathing
- Cooking meals
- Eating and drinking
- Memory and concentration strengthening
- Physical conditioning
- Arranging home, classrooms, or the workplace for easy accessibility
- Using tools such as wheelchairs or other aids
Successful OT should lead to independence, productivity, and satisfaction for patients.
Who benefits from OT?
Occupational therapy may help people with mental, physical, developmental, or emotional conditions. People who have been in an accident, have a birth defect, or have a disease or disorder leading to physical or mental impairment can benefit from OT. Some therapists specialize in a certain group while others may work across a range of patients. Children, adults, and the elderly can all benefit from OT.
What happens during OT?
Therapists will address the physical, psychological, social, and environmental needs of patients. The therapist will perform an individual evaluation that involves the patient and family. Together they will set goals. The therapist will design a variety of interventions, modifications, and practice exercises that will lead to reaching the goal. Periodic evaluations will take place to monitor the progress of the therapy program.
Medical Center Arlington offers occupational therapy during hospitalization and recovery. This April, come in or visit us online to learn how OT can help you live an independent life. Call (817) 472-4924 for questions about inpatient therapy or call (817) 472-4849 to reach the Outpatient Rehabilitation Center. For a physician referral, please call 1-855-868-6262.