What Is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy assists people to overcome barriers that might be limiting them from doing some or all of the activities they need or want to do for their independence or wellbeing.
What Is An Occupational Therapist?
In the UK, there are around 48,000 Occupational Therapists, but what do they do? Occupational Therapists are qualified healthcare professionals who use evidence based practice, scientific evidence, research and a complete and holistic perspective to promote independence and autonomy, meaningful daily living, and the person’s ability to achieve daily routines.
Occupational Therapists have a training background in psychological, physical, emotional, and social aspects of a person’s life as well as also having training to treat the whole body including neurological, anatomy, physiological and psychological perspectives. Occupational Therapists ensure that the intervention of a person is focused around them and is effective.
Who Do Occupational Therapists Help?
Occupational Therapists support people of all ages from pediatric to geriatric, from all walks of life, who may suffer from a range of health conditions to help them fulfil meaningful activities through therapeutic interventions. Occupational therapy hopes to help people regain skills as well as increasing abilities and decreasing limitations from any form of disability.
Occupational Therapists who work with older people who either have mobility issues, health conditions or disabilities may also look at the daily living aids and equipment that may help with mobility, preparation of food, hygiene and toileting, other household activities or with reducing the risk of falls.
An Occupational Therapist will evaluate both the person as well as their residence and any other environment. From there, the Occupational Therapist will make any recommendations that they see will make a positive impact on that person's life. They may recommend adaptive equipment, assistive technology, along with the training of its use and guidance and education for the user, family members and caregivers.
Each intervention and assessment is customisable to the person with the objective of improving a person’s ability to perform daily life activities and to reach their goals.
What Is The Goal Of Occupational Therapy?
The primary goal of occupational therapy is to support the person to manage and live independently and feel that they are truly living their lives and not just simply existing in the world. Occupational Therapists believe that people of all abilities and ages should feel that they have a role in society and be given the support to do this in their day to day lives.
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