Chances are good that if you’re considering home health services you have a need for occupational therapy. Do you have trouble getting in and out of bed? Getting dressed? Bathing, showering or doing your hair? How about working in the kitchen: reaching for pots and pans and getting food from your pantry?
If this sounds familiar our occupational therapists may become your best friends.
As experts in not only anatomy, physiology and neurology—but specifically function, our therapists can either help you adapt to your disability or they can help you eliminate a disability altogether.
Training in Activities of Daily Living
The things we all do every day—like getting out of bed, bathing, grooming, eating, etc. are what occupational therapists call activities of daily living. Our therapists are specialists in helping you do those things. And they have options: They can either improve your strength, range-of-motion, and skill or they can train you to use adaptive tools like reachers, extension handles, and other specialized equipment to make your life that much easier.
Over time, or with a new disability, your home may need to be adapted to your current abilities. That’s where our occupational therapists shine. You’ll be surprised at their knowledge of all the specialized tools and adaptive equipment that are available to help you function in your home. Often bathrooms become the least safe room in the house—with slippery floors, tight spaces, and tubs or showers to get in and out of. Our therapists can evaluate your home and bathroom and make it safer and easier for you to enjoy your home.
Family or Caregiver Education
If you’re feeling overwhelmed and aren’t quite sure how to care for your friend or loved one our occupational therapists are expert instructors. They can teach you how to safely transfer a disabled person in and out of a bed, shower, car, etc. And safety is as much for the caregiver as it is for a disabled person. If done improperly a transfer in and out of bed can injure your back as well as injure the person in your care. There are numerous skills our occupational therapists can teach you to make caregiving more stress-free.
Neurological Rehab Specialists
Occupational therapists have a deep well of knowledge of not only anatomy, physiology, and disease processes, but also neurology and neurological rehab. If you’re the victim of a stroke or accident that has left you with neurological damage our occupational therapists can help you improve your abilities.
The loss of the ability to remember and think clearly is called dementia. There are many types and many causes. The good news is that our occupational therapists have specialized training in assisting people who have dementia and even have treatments and protocols designed to improve memory and cognition.