The Important Role of Occupational Therapists

Posted: 4/22/2013 9:24 AM by Interim HealthCare
Anyone, at any time may need help from an occupational therapist or OT. According to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), “Occupational therapy is therapy based on performing the meaningful activities of daily life ... despite impairments or limitations in physical or mental functioning.
Both adults and young people, even children, with certain conditions may need help at some point conducting daily activities, such as bathing or dressing. A vast range of people can benefit from the services of OTs, including someone with Alzheimer’s or autism to a person with learning disabilities or Parkinson’s.
Nearly a third of occupational therapists work with older adults to help them live with certain medical conditions or recover from surgery so that they may live as independently as possible. An OT can offer recommendations to seniors to help them remain safely in their homes. This may include practical tips such as removing any unnecessary throw rugs or sharing your schedule with a friend or family member so someone will be alerted if something has happened to you.
Through the home care programs provided by Interim HealthCare, we offer a range of different home care employees, including occupational therapists. Celebrate all that OTs do during April, which is Occupational Therapy Month. A special thanks to all our OT employees and all they do to keep our patients/clients save at home.