Occupational therapy enhances daily living skills to enable individuals to remain as independent as possible. Treatment plans revolve around functional daily living activities such as dressing, eating and toileting.
Other aspects of occupational therapy focus on preventing and/or correcting joint deformity through splinting and exercise and assessing the needs for adaptive equipment.
Occupational therapy assists individuals by helping them adapt to their social and physical environment.
Therapists enhance patient functionality and maximize independence through:
- Education and training in areas such as dressing, bathing, eating and grooming
- Activities for memory, orientation and cognitive integration
- Adaptive techniques or equipment to overcome physical disabilities
- Strengthening and coordination exercises
- Exercises to maintain normal joint movement in order to reduce the effects of arthritis or other conditions such as: lymph edema, wheelchair modifications and wheelchair mobility
- Incontinence training
- Evaluations and assessments in the patients own home
- Wheelchair mobility