The job of an occupational therapist is to help people perform everyday tasks independently. These tasks include daily activities and daily instrumental activities (ADLs).
Basic ADLs include dressing, eating, going to the bathroom, and washing your hair. Driving, meal preparation, volunteering, and other instrumental activities of daily life are all examples. Mobile Occupational therapy is a great option for those who have difficulty performing basic or instrumental ADLs. It can also help you to regain your independence with these six benefits!
- Increase Range of Motion and Strength in Safe Ways
Changes in movement can occur in certain joints, such as the shoulder, due to arthritis or surgery. Occupational therapists help clients improve their range of motion by:
Passive motion, where therapists encourage the performance of motion for their clients by assisting them with small joint-related movements, called active assistive motion.
- Reduce pain while building strength
Occupational therapy can help patients be more educated about the risks of pain and how poor body positioning can lead to increased risk. OTRs can help improve flexibility and mobility, as well as reduce pain.
- Get adaptive strategies and equipment
It is not ideal to need the assistance of another person in order to do daily activities. An occupational therapist’s ultimate goal is to help people live independently. Participants will experience a greater range of motion with the guidance of an occupational therapist. They will also be able, in most cases naturally, to complete important daily tasks again because of the key benefits of occupational therapy.
Sometimes, extreme limitations in motion may require more aggressive adaptive strategies and adaptive equipment.
Adaptive Strategies are any strategies or efforts that help someone adapt to their ability to perform ADLs.
Energy conservation is a way to reduce fatigue and conserve energy for your most important activities. People with severe cardiac disease may find energy conservation particularly useful. For example, drying your body after a bath is an essential activity. However, using a towel to dry can make it exhausting. An occupational therapist can help you learn energy conservation strategies. They will also be able to suggest more appropriate options for adapting ADL restrictions, such as wearing a Terry Cloth robe that allows for drying off after a shower or bath.
- Enhance your visual skills
Vision changes can be caused by eye disease, brain injury, or stroke. These changes can cause blind spots in the field of vision. These visual changes can impact a person’s ability walk confidently and read. Occupational therapy can help improve reading performance by teaching visual adaptive strategies such as scanning and prereading strategies.
- Home Safety Assessments
Occupational therapists are passionate about helping people to live in their own homes when they have to deal with a disability or age. An occupational therapist will conduct a home assessment in your home to ensure that you have peace of mind. These assessments assess safety in the home by evaluating clutter, lighting levels, and whether adaptive equipment is needed.
- Training for Caregiver
It can be heartbreaking to watch your loved one struggle with daily living tasks. It can be even more difficult for caregivers to feel guilty or frustrated when a loved one is having difficulty with ADLs. An occupational therapist’s role is to help caregivers understand the limitations and disabilities of the disease. This could be illustrated by explaining cognitive changes in Parkinson’s patients, such as visual hallucinations or decreased memory.