Category Archives: OT

Occupational Therapy for Older People

 

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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 

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World Occupational Therapy Day ~ A day in the life of an Occupational Therapist

As today is World Occupational Therapy day…

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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 ..

Gemini  Xx

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Click the pic for the article ”a day in the life of ..a specialist Occupational Therapist”

Stop the MS lottery

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Click here to find out more and join the campaign to stop the MS lottery

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

  • Six out of Ten eligible people do not take disease modifying treatments (DMT’s)

  • If you have MS and live in Northern Ireland you are more than twice as likely to be taking a DMT than if you live in Wales.

  •  Across Europe, only Poland and Romania have a smaller proportion of people with MS taking DMTs.

  • Access to specialists also plays a key role – those with access to an MS nurse or neurologist are more than twice as likely to be taking a DMT.

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 ~ Therapy, acceptance and community

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”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..

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click the pic for the article. Picture from ‘The art of autism’

Don’t limit me!

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.

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Sharing her OT experience and a bit of kink! – Melanie Reid, award winning journalist

I had to share this video of Melanie sharing her experience of OT at COT annual conference.

It shows many of the varied skills OT’s demonstrate as well as the natural personality attributes required to make a great OT.

It makes me very proud that I am becoming to belong to this wonderful profession.

Gem X

Dementia Awareness Week & Occupational Therapy for Dementia

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”Almost half of UK adults would find it difficult to tell their own family if they thought they had dementia according to a poll commissioned by Alzheimer’s Society published today (Tuesday 21 May).” – Alzheimers Society

”The term ‘dementia‘ describes a set of symptoms that include loss of memory, mood changes, and problems with communication and reasoning.  There are many types of dementia.  The most common are Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.  Dementia is progressive, which means the symptoms will gradually get worse.” – Alzheimers Society

These are quotes from the Alzheimers Socity website,  which is a valuable source of information for people who are suffering Dementia and also for their loved ones.

Please take a look at the site and help raise awareness for Dementia at ..

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The College of Occupational Therapists (COT) publish a useful leaflet about how to help people living with dementia…

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”Remember the person”