How Occupational Therapy can assist older adults to maintain their independence longer? [Part 3/3]
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 Occupational Therapists 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 Therapists have the capacity to provide cognitive remediation as well as compensatory strategies for older adults struggling with memory deficits.
Jane lives in an independent living facility, who reports forgetting her community appointments. An Occupational Therapist was able to assess Jane’s cognition and design a cognitive remediation program to specifically address her needs. In addition an occupational therapist provided Jane with strategies to build routine as well as use memory aids. The occupational therapist also provided these strategies to the staff at the care home, so that Jane’s caregivers have the best tools to assist Jane.