April is Occupational Therapy (OT) Month! To celebrate, we put together a top 10 list of
benefits patients receive from OT! Check them out below:

  1. Increasing Adaptability/Modifications
    One of the OT’s responsibilities is to create modifications for patients to increase
    independence. An individual may need weighted utensils, specialized chairs and recliners,
    handles next to the bathtub or toilet, etc. The OT observes each patient’s condition to best
    implement changes to improve their daily routine. 
  2. Creating a Daily Routine
    An individual’s daily routine can be easily altered when suffering from an injury. An OT helps
    create a revised daily routine to help each patient keep up with their day-to-day needs and
    functions. This alleviates the stress and pressures a patient may feel when their routine is
    disrupted. 
  3. Fall Prevention
    OTs teach their patients specific balancing techniques and muscle-building exercises to
    prevent falls by strengthening their bodies. Additionally, OTs will teach individuals particular
    methods that will help them prevent falls.
  4. Memory Rehabilitation
    OTs evaluate a patient’s cognitive abilities and physical abilities. For example, if a patient has
    dementia, an OT can assess strengths and weaknesses to design a specific plan. Therefore,
    OTs will create treatment plans that will help improve memory, such as:
     Memory-enhancing activities: puzzles, crosswords, or matching games
     Placing signs throughout the homes to help patients remember specific things (stop
    signs at the doors, gates, etc.)
     Teaching caregivers particular techniques that will aid in memory impairment 
  5. Sensory Processing
    It may be a challenge for patients to tolerate specific tasks such as grooming or dressing.
    These difficulties may indicate a challenge with tactile processing. An OT can help address
    these challenges to improve an individual’s ability to acknowledge and tolerate tactile input
    to improve these specific tasks.
  6. Improved Coordination
    If an individual struggles with specific coordination abilities that directly correlate with daily
    tasks, an OT can create a plan to improve skills. This plan will increase coordination and
    independence over time.
  7. Assistance with Vision Loss
    If a patient has vision loss, an OT can create a plan to improve visual awareness, pattern
    detection, and perceptual vision. OTs may also implement changes within the home or
    workplace to ensure daily living is not negatively impacted.
  8. Increased Independence for Daily Tasks
    Overall, the main goal of an OT is to help increase an individual’s independence for daily
    tasks. This includes a wide array of specific challenges a patient may face, including a
    specialized therapy program. Each program will always have, but is not limited to:
     Goal setting
     Exercises to achieve these goals
     Timeline set in place and specific visit measurements  
  9. Assistance for Caregivers 
    OTs understand the essential role caregivers have on patients. The OTs want to work with
    caregivers for the individual’s best interest. They can work together to achieve patient goals
    and the treatment plan. Caregivers do not have to feel alone.
  10. Improved Outlook
    OTs help improve the overall quality of an individual’s life. In turn, this will improve mood and
    general outlook on life. The OT cares about helping the individual regain their abilities to
    have the best quality of life possible.

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