Occupational Therapy at Home
Occupational Therapy can provide support to maintain or prolong independence to a person suffering from pain, injury, illness, or a disability through adaptation.
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy is a rehabilitation profession that focuses on improving the functional abilities of people who have physical and mental challenges. It also helps to decrease or prevent disability related to occupation, daily living skills, self-care, health conditions and developmental issues. In other words, occupational therapists help their patients increase their quality of life by teaching them how to participate in everyday tasks with as little difficulty as possible.
There are many ways that an occupational therapist can work at home with his or her clients. The first way involves educating the client’s family members about specific activities and techniques they should be doing with the client so they can continue these routines after treatment has ended and even when the therapist isn’t there.
Can Occupational Therapy be done at home?
Occupational therapy can be done at home in many different ways. Occupational therapists teach their patients how to carry out daily tasks, maintain independence and engage in enjoyable activities with less difficulty.
On the first visit, the OT will review your health history, your medications and your home. Because of this in-depth review, the first visit may take longer than follow-up visits.
Your OT will develop an appropriate 60-day plan with other members of your care team. Once the plan of care is developed, the OT or COTA will visit your home as frequently as is needed for your condition and path to recovery.
What does an occupational therapist do on a home visit?
Occupational therapists in the home setting often help patients with activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing and grooming. Occupational therapy is also beneficial to those experiencing memory loss or cognitive impairment which can make remembering how to do these tasks difficult. In addition, occupational therapists work on housekeeping skills like dish washing, sweeping floors and laundry for those recovering from an injury or illness who haven’t regained their strength back yet.
How does occupational therapy help?
Occupational therapy is designed to help you make small adjustments to regain the ability to complete activities you do on daily basis and improve your quality of life. Some of the benefits are:
- Improved safety at home
- Decreased fall risk
- Conserved energy
- Increased strength
- Improved function
Is Occupational Therapy covered by Medicare?
Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) helps pay for medically necessary outpatient occupational therapy if your doctor or other health care provider certifies you need it.
If you or a loved one are in need of in-home occupational therapy, call the staff at Max Health and Wellness today. Our friendly staff can help answer questions, collect the right information, and work with your physician to set up services.
What else does occupational therapy at home involve?
As you may know, learning a new skill takes time and practice! That’s why there are many different approaches that occupational therapists use when engaging in activity-based interventions including completing caregiving tasks.
What are some examples of occupational therapy?
Self-care routines like getting dressed (fine motor skills and motor planning) and using the toilet (continence).
Providing sensory input through occupational therapy can provide calming and grounding effects. It is used for a variety of reasons, including to reduce anxiety or feeling overwhelmed.
Some examples are: deep pressure massage with squeezes and compression; light touch on your arm or face; soothing sounds like chimes.
Learning these new skills may take time but it will help improve self-confidence. Occupational therapists work closely with patients so that they feel confident in completing tasks independently again one day.
What does an OT assessment involve?
An occupational therapist assesses self-care and functional skills like dressing yourself, eating food safely and using utensils; evaluates a person’s home environment to identify potential
Occupational therapists can also do evaluations of your home environment to see what might need to be changed or adapted. This could include the design of rooms, getting furniture in a certain position for safety or convenience, modifying household items such as pots and pans for safe use.
The occupational therapist will then put together an OT plan with strategies that will help you achieve your goals.