In-Home Occupational Therapy
Should My Loved One Have Occupational Therapy?Occupational therapy can make daily management of chronic conditions easier. For example:
Diabetes: Many ADLs for diabetics include blood sugar monitoring, hygiene and foot care, healthy meal planning and prep, getting enough exercise, and learning healthy coping strategies. An occupational therapist can also help train patient on how to use compensatory strategies for those with low vision or motor loss.
Heart failure: Conserving energy and reducing the demands of ADLs is important for those with heart failure.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): Energy conservation can reduce the demands of ADLs for those with COPD. Occupational therapists can assist patients with pacing, planning, and stress management associated with their COPD.
Cognitive decline: Occupational therapist addresses ADLs and stress management techniques for those who are more likely to have biopsychosocial issues. The goal is to reduce patient agitation or confusion.