What is occupational therapy?
- Occupational therapists (OTs) aim to enable people to make the most of their abilities to perform daily activities and remain as independent as possible
- OTs work with people who have physical and/or mental health problems
- OTs work in a range of health care settings, as well as in the community
When would my ageing parent see an occupational therapist?
- If your parent is admitted to hospital, an OT should assess them before they are discharged.
- This assessment will normally include agreeing goals with the patient and their carer to develop a patient-specific treatment programme, aimed at achieving maximum functional ability once they leave hospital
- Your parent will receive a report outlining some recommendations, which may include the provision of adaptive, or assistive equipment for use at home
- This assistance might be provided by the hospital, your parent’s local council, or will need to be purchased privately. This will depend on local policies in their area
How can occupational therapy help my ageing parent?
Below are some examples of how an OT may work with an older person to help them keep active and perform their daily routines:
- Teach a person with arthritis to protect the joints and conserve energy
- Help a person with limited range of movement to do stretching exercises and use adaptive equipment, such as a sponge with a long handle
- Train a person with an amputation to put a prosthesis on and off
- Help a person with low vision adapt the environment to avoid glare and increase colour contrast
- Help a person with memory impairment to organize by labeling drawers and cabinets
Taken from http://www.myageingparent.com The website is a great source of information for Occupational Therapy with older people, also including how OT’s help older people with pain management and Dementia
As today is World Occupational Therapy day…
I would like to share this feature from The Guardian, ‘A day in the life of a specialist Occupational Therapist’ . I would like to also call upon some OT’s or student OT’s who would be willing to contribute to my blog by promoting OT and talking about a day in their life. I would like to try and demonstrate the diversity of work carried out in this wonderful field.
I plan to do ‘ a day in the life of a student OT’ myself in the near future and share some of my experience in a role emerging placement working with ex street sleepers.
Now here is the feature from The Guardian about Fran Hill who travels all over Hampshire for South Coast Fatigue helping clients who are affected by chronic fatigue syndrome ..
Alarming numbers of people with MS in the UK are facing a lottery when it comes to accessing the care and support they need to manage their condition
Here are some facts about MS treatment
People with MS in the UK should have access to medicines among the best in Europe, not the worst, and we need to to see an end to the current postcode – and passport – lottery of access.
To do this the MS society are calling on governments across the UK to ensure every person with MS has a personalised treatment , care and support plan, with two comprehensive reviews each year.
“When it comes to MS drug prescription rates, the UK ranks 25th out of 27 European countries. Given the relative wealth of the UK this is simply unacceptable.” MS society
”Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.
It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways. Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support. People with autism may also experience over- or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours.
Asperger syndrome is a form of autism. People with Asperger syndrome are often of average or above average intelligence. They have fewer problems with speech but may still have difficulties with understanding and processing language.” – The National Autistic Society.
I wanted to share this article about young autistic adults and parents finding acceptance and community at unique Autism Movement Therapy workshop. If you have spent any time with autistic adults or children you will know how important the little breakthroughs in communication are for these people and their loved ones. Please click on the picture below for the very interesting and informative article..
What an amazing and articulate girl! I don’t think anyone could get the message across any better. A fantastic lesson for anyone working with Learning Disabilities.
I think this should be shown in lectures at all OT teaching Universities.
I myself had a fantastic placement experience working with with learning disabilities and saw so much potential, enthusiasm and determination to learn with such wonderful personalities and character from people with Downs Syndrome.
There are so many misconceptions about OT and many people do not understand what it entails.
This is a great piece by an American Occupational Therapist..