Occupational therapy is a science-based, health and social care profession, which takes a whole-person approach to both mental and physical well-being; therapy enables individuals who may be limited by injuries or impairments to reach their full potential and maximize independence. Occupational Therapy focuses on completing meaningful and purposeful tasks, and for that reason understanding your daily roles and routines is an important factor for successful treatment. In addition to treating the person, our therapists also work to educate families and caregivers about how to provide the best care.
An occupational therapist works with people of all ages to provide specialized assistance to people who have undergone a wide range of physical, development, social, or emotional problems, in order to enable a person or child to live an independent and productive life.
Before any sessions take place, the occupational therapist will initially conduct an assessment, taking into account any physical and mental factors affecting a person’s ability to perform daily functions. The assessment session will involve a discussion between the individual, family and the therapist about all matters relating to the issue, daily routines and activities, current difficulties, and the patient’s treatment goals.
Afterwards, an occupational therapist will examine physical functions and abilities to manage daily activities, such as walking around, managing personal care and various other day-to-day tasks. The therapist will then work to determine the individualized treatment goals and plan how each goal can be achieved. Treatment may include specific physical exercises that involve modifying behavior and practicing daily tasks that are aimed to help a person overcome barriers to independent living.
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.
We at FSHN recommend that anyone who has undergone a drastic life change as a result of illness, injury or ageing, seek the assistance of Occupational Therapy. Our therapists work to support and treat people of all ages that can no longer function independently as a result of a wide range of problems.
Family members, or care givers, can also benefit from Occupational Therapy, as it provides them with the tools and techniques required to maximize independence.
As always, the results of therapy depend on the nature of the illness, injury or condition. As each case differs, the number of sessions can only be determined once a treatment plan has been set, and after a discussion between a patient and his or her occupational therapist.