In April we observe occupational therapy month. We offer in home health care occupational therapy which as a result can end up helping patients comply better with the program.
The Basics of In Home Health Care Occupational Therapy
Not everyone offers occupational therapy in your own home. However, we offer all of our therapies in the comfort of your home or anywhere you feel most comfortable. This can include in an assisted living facility or a temporary residence while you recuperate.
What is Occupational Therapy?
Here are some of the basics:
- Performed by a licensed therapist with a specific education in OT.
- The goal is to achieve the best functionality & performance over the lifespan of the patient.
- OT Focuses on regaining & improving skills for Activities of Daily Living (ADL).
- Although the term “Occupational Therapy” sounds like it has to do with “work” it focuses more on the everyday activities of life
- OT may also take place during physical therapy if your doctor feels you can benefit from both therapies (Read more about OT vs PT here).
- Every treatment is unique to the patient; with a focus on wellness and prevention.
- Focus can include strengthening or regaining cognizance in Alzheimer’s or dementia patients.
- Many therapists will also embrace holistic treatments to encourage ongoing health.
- Home health care occupational therapy works closely with home modifications (as this video discusses).
- OT will consult with the patient asking what their most important goals are for making everyday life activities easier.
- Reducing re-admissions; thereby helping to reduce overall health care costs is a top priority.
- Comprehensive evaluations of your living & environment spaces are typical.
- OT focuses on allowing the patient to age at home. Recommendations for adaptive equipment are an important part of the overall plan of OT.
Why Choose In Home Health Care Occupational Therapy?
Rather than having to search for both therapists and home health care services we offer trained staff in both categories. The benefits include:
- Working with One Company – Hiring both your home health care aide and occupational therapist from one place will consequently reduce confusion. Our staff works out of one office and is one phone call away.
- The Ability to Have More Than One Type of Therapy – Some doctors will order multiple types of therapy. Once again, having access to multiple therapies allows us to work with you on a variety of levels and styles of therapy.
- No Worries About Transportation – In home health care occupational therapy means that there is no rushing to get to an appointment on time. Adjusting schedules, dealing with inclement weather, and fighting with someone who doesn’t want to go out are no longer issues.
- Compliance – Many times the patient can be worn out and tired from the health problems they are facing. Having the therapist come to them makes it more likely that they will be compliant with their therapy. Compliance is one of the most important parts of therapy.
- Motivation – The patient will be encouraged to continue OT activities when the therapist isn’t there too. Our caregivers offer motivation for the patient to continue their therapy regimen and achieve their goals.
The result of working with one company offers a neat and simple answer to many needs. Above & Beyond can offer caregiving services along with occupational therapy; causing minimal disturbance in the life of the patient.
Contact us today & let us show you how helpful it is with one stop shopping for your home health care solutions. The benefits of having in home health care occupational therapy while utilizing any of our home care services can make your life easier.
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