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Occupational Therapy: Therapy for Living

Posted by West Ridge Care Center on Feb 11, 2019 11:08:41 AM


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Occupational therapy is often associated with work related injuries and workers compensation claims, but it is so much more. In the world of Elder care, occupational therapy can be the key to helping people maintain their independence and living a productive, satisfying life.

What is Occupational Therapy?

ISS_4831_00217Occupational therapy is similar to what is commonly referred to as “physical therapy.” While physical therapy is concerned with improving one’s body movement, occupational therapy goes a step further and focuses on helping a person perform the practical tasks involved in everyday life. Physical therapy is often prescribed after surgery or an injury, while occupational therapy can be useful to anyone wanting to maintain an independent lifestyle.

Who Benefits from Occupational Therapy?

Anyone can benefit from occupational therapy, but type of therapy can be especially important for Elders who may be slowly losing the ability to perform daily tasks that allow them to stay in their own home. These practices may be preventative or rehabilitative to help Elders regain abilities they may have lost over time. 

What is Involved in Occupational Therapy?

ISS_4831_00207Occupational Therapy is much wider in scope than traditional physical therapy, because occupational therapy is focused on maintaining a certain ability level that allows a person to live a full and independent life. Occupational therapy is a much more holistic approach than physical therapy. Depending on one’s lifestyle and what sort of activity level a patient is looking to maintain or regain, occupational therapy can take many forms. It can often include performing modified versions of a patient's daily activities.

Next Steps

If you or a loved one is interested in maintaining an independent lifestyle and maximizing that independence, you can get in touch with the team at  West Ridge Care Center. We specialize in short-term skilled and rehabilitation care, which includes occupational therapy, and our comprehensive rehabilitation team provides individualized and goal-oriented rehabilitative treatment programs specifically for older adults. Our focus is to provide a level of skilled care that will help people reach quality outcomes and return home or to a lesser level of care faster. Get in touch with us today!


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This blog contains discussion about health-related subjects and is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnose or treat any disease or illness. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please contact your doctor immediately or call 9-1-1.

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