Occupational Therapy is a highly trained health profession dedicated to promoting health and well being through occupation. An occupation is considered to be everything people do on a daily basis. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. They achieve this outcome by working with people and communities by modifying the patient’s environment in order to better support their occupational engagement. Their treatment objectives enable people to participate and function properly in activities of daily living, whether it is at home, work or play.
Limitations can be the result of illness, disease, injury, disability or an accident that limit one’s ability to function on a daily basis. Occupational Therapists assess and evaluate injury risk factors as it may relate to the patient’s environment or occupation. They offer solutions to these risk factors whether at the workplace, at home or within a community setting. They rehabilitate individuals whom have difficulties performing regular daily chores by achieving independence and skills required for daily living.
Occupational Therapists provide customized treatment programs by:
- Improving and adapting abilities to perform daily activities through assistive devices
- Implementing self care , therapeutic Activities , splinting or wheelchair assessments
- Providing on-site home or work evaluations
- Providing adaptive and preventive measures
- Assessing and treating for specialized skills
- Equipment training and recommended usage
- Providing informative information and guidance to family and care givers for home care