What is occupational therapy?
Occupational therapy (OT) is a science-based healthcare profession which takes a holistic approach to mental and physical well-being. Therapy enables individuals, who suffer from functional limitations due to injuries or impairments, reach their full potential and maximize independence. OT therapist encourage patients to complete meaningful and purposeful tasks in a repeated manner, with the aim of engaging them in everyday routines. Understanding the daily roles and routines is essential for successful treatment. Our therapists also work to educate families and caregivers about how to provide the best care.
Therapists provide specialized assistance to people of all ages who have undergone physical, development, social, or emotional problems, enabling them to live a more independent and productive life.
What happens during occupational therapy?
Before OT sessions, the therapist conducts an assessment of the patient to determine the physical and mental factors affecting his/her ability to perform daily functions. The assessment session usually involves a discussion between the patient, family and therapist about all matters relating to the issue, including daily routines/activities, current difficulties, and treatment goals.
Following the assessment, the therapists examine and evaluate the patient’s physical functioning and ability to perform daily activities, such as walking around, managing personal care, and other everyday tasks. The therapist will then determine the personalized treatment goals and plan and how each goal can be achieved. OT plans usually include specific physical exercises that focus on modifying behavior, practicing daily tasks, and helping the patients live a more independent life.
As occupational therapy focuses on promoting independence, it is vital that patients are committed and motivated towards treatment goals outside of therapy sessions. For that reason, our therapists may also assign tasks and activities to be completed at home or school in between sessions.
Who should seek occupational therapy?
We advise anyone who has undergone a major life change as a result of illness, injury or ageing to seek occupational therapy. Our therapists work to treat and support people, of all ages, who can no longer function independently, by helping them restore and maintain maximum functional independence.
Family members (or care givers) can also benefit from occupational therapy, as it provides them with the tools and techniques required to maximize independence.
How long will I need to see an occupational therapist?
As always, the results of therapy depend on the nature and severity of the illness, injury, or condition being treated. As each case differs, the number of sessions can only be determined once a treatment plan has been set, and after a discussion between the patient and his/her therapist.