Occupational therapy is an important practice that helps sick and injured people to recover from their disabilities. The therapist has the patient perform certain “occupations” or jobs to help them become more independent and self-sufficient. The specific occupations assigned will depend on the nature of the patient’s illness or injury.
When you request the occupational therapy services of Health Care of South Florida, we will send a fully licensed and qualified occupational therapist to the residence of the patient. There are no clinics or outside facilities where you need to bring them. All of the occupational therapeutic care will be done within the comfort of the patient’s home.
An individual evaluation is the first step of the occupational therapy process. The purpose of the evaluation is to determine the specific goals and limitations of the patient. We will learn more about their disability and how it has impaired their ability to perform normal daily activities. Based on the limitations detected, we will create a customized plan that will allow the patient to perform these activities better.
Since every patient has a different age and disability, each plan will be customized to address their specific limitations and needs. Some patients may only need a few minor improvements, while others may need more attention and resources. No matter the extent of a patient’s limitations, we can work with them to rebuild their strength and bring them one step closer to feeling independent once again.
The Advantages of Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy can change the lives of children, adults, and senior citizens. If the patient needs to re-learn how to perform old routines or activities, the therapist will guide them every step of the way. As the patient starts to perform their favorite activities again, it will greatly improve their emotional, physical, and mental wellbeing.
Additionally, occupational therapy helps a patient to become more social again as well. After all, it can feel very lonely to a patient when they’re limited by their physical or mental disability. It prevents them from moving around, going out, and enjoying the activities they used to enjoy with their friends. That will change with regular occupational therapy.
Once the patient works with an occupational therapist, they will get the chance to have social interactions with somebody who does not judge or criticize them. That is the perfect person to have around someone who is trying to recover from a disability. It will give the patient the motivation and courage to work harder at their recovery and to not give up.
Occupational therapists can almost become like friends to their patients. Everything is kept on a friendly level, and nothing is ever forced on the patient. An occupational therapist is trained to know how far to push a patient before it becomes dangerous for them to continue. That is why constant communication is essential and always practiced with the patient.
Guidance for Caregivers and Families
The caregivers of the patient need to understand their roles as well. They are the ones who will spend the most time with the patient and have the responsibility of caring for their basic needs. Family members often have to be the caregivers of their loved ones, so it can be especially difficult for them on an emotional level. We understand these challenges, which is why we offer guidance and consultation for the caregivers and family members of the patient.
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There is no guarantee how long it will take for the patient to recover or go back to their normal daily routine. All we can do is work with the patient and assign them occupations that will improve their physical, mental, and emotional functionality and wellbeing. If this sounds like what you or your loved one requires, then contact Health Care of South Florida today. We can offer you a free consultation on our services.
List of Services
- ADL training
- Muscle re-education
- Perceptual motor training
- Fine motor coordination
- Neuro-development treatment
- Sensory treatment
- Orthotics / Splinting
- Adaptive equipment