What is Occupational Therapy (OT)?
According to the World Federation of Occupational Therapy, “occupational therapy is a profession concerned with promoting health and well being through engagement in occupation.” Occupational therapy is a holistic health care profession that aims to promote health by enabling individuals to perform meaningful and purposeful activities across the lifespan.
Occupational therapists specialise in maximising the client’s ability to participate in everyday functional tasks. For clients with a physical disability, this can be achieved through retraining in daily life activities including self care, work and leisure roles, provision of adaptive aids and equipment and provision of environmental modifications to the home or workplace to improve access.
What are the benefits of Occupational Therapy?
The main aim of Occupational Therapy is to increase the participation and quality of specific functional tasks important to the individual client. The outcome of treatment varies depending on the individual, however, benefits may include:
- Greater independence in daily living tasks such as washing, dressing or cooking.
- Greater social participation and engagement in leisure activities
- Return to work or driving
- Improved access within the home or work environment
- Enhanced quality of life and self esteem
Occupational Therapy at Rehab Matters
Following an initial assessment, we will work with the client to identify rehabilitation goals and develop a treatment plan to meet the identified rehabilitation needs.
Progress will be reviewed through regular home visits and telephone reviews. If the client has multiple service providers involved in their care, we will ensure that effective communication is maintained with all relevant service providers throughout the rehabilitation process.