How Occupational Therapy can assist older adults to maintain their independence longer? [Part 2/3]
Occupational Therapists (OTs) are qualified health care professionals with the skills to identify and address client difficulties in a holistic way. What that means, is that OTs have the skills to assess and identify not only physical issues, but also cognitive and emotional challenges and provide evidence based interventions addressing all aspects of a client’s life.
Occupational Therapist are able to assess mobility and provide appropriate equipment to allow for safe participation of daily activities.
John lives in an independent living facility, however he reported to have difficulty with walking around his apartment, going for his daily walks and going to Starbucks to see his friends. An occupational therapist assessed John’s strength and mobility, and prescribed an appropriate 4 wheeled walker as well as personalized monitored walking program. In addition an OT assessed and recommended a scooter for John so he is able to access his community and see his friends at Starbucks.
John’s friend Luke also asked for an OT, although he already had a walker. An occupational therapist was able to prescribe Luke with a better fitting more appropriate walker and provide him with resources to access fall prevention programs in his community as well as connect him with a fall alert system. An occupational therapist also educated and monitored an individualized exercise program Luke could do to strengthen his muscles to prevent falls.