What is At-Home 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 dishwashing, sweeping floors and laundry for those recovering from an injury or illness who haven’t regained their strength back yet.