Because occupational therapy is individually tailored to each patient’s needs, it will begin with a thorough assessment of your current skills, weaknesses, and surroundings at home. With these factors in consideration, your occupational therapist can suggest beneficial changes to your environment and begin to understand your physical needs and goals.
Individual therapy planning
In addition to objective assessment, your therapist will use your personal goals to guide the exercises used in your occupational therapy sessions. If, for example, you are having trouble preparing meals at home, your occupational therapist may work with you to improve certain cooking tasks. In any type of exercise in your therapy, you can expect to use specialized tools that are designed to address concerns such as weakened grip strength or balance difficulties.
Ongoing sessions and goals
During occupational therapy, there should be progress in each session, which is often tracked by the occupational therapist to ensure that sessions are productive. Therapy may become more challenging as skills improve, and goals might change throughout the course of occupational therapy. In many cases, patients will utilize both physical therapy and occupational therapy, as these two modalities can address different concerns related to the same goal of retaining independence at home.
When you or a loved one is showing signs of difficulty living at home, home health professionals can help you stay in the comfortable surroundings of home while catering to your specific needs in the aging process.