Occupational Therapy for seniors

Ocupational TherapyOccupational Therapy has turned into one of the best tools to help individuals learn or regain independence. It can be applied to children, adolescents, adults and seniors. This type of therapy incorporates a meaningful process that gets the person in a participation mood for daily activities in a focused and more controlled way.  Overall, occupational therapy leads to an improvement in social skills and quality of life.

Particularly in seniors, occupational therapy can become key in the early stages of Alzheimer or dementia. Dementia patients must try and to keep their independence for as much as they can and occupational therapy enhances that.  Through this type or therapy, dementia sufferers are able to understand they are self reliant and they can still do many things for themselves. Occupational therapists can get the person with dementia to keep cooking and feeding themselves as well as take care of their own grooming and dressing because it focuses on what they can do in the present and not what they will be unable to do in the future.

Through behavioral modification, occupational therapists allow those who undergo this type of therapy, to address and understand the personality change they have experienced. At the same time they are also capable of adapting the patients’ surroundings at the home or care facility to make sure they can remain as independent as possible for as long as possible.

Benefits of Occupational Therapy:

·         Daily life challenges become much easier to overcome. They are able to dress and feed themselves with no help. They also participate in social activities and learn to enjoy them.

·         Fall prevention is achieved at the same time that an active life is enhanced.

·         A modified home environment that promises safety and independence

·         Maximized health and overall wellness. Life is redesigned for the patient in a way that longevity is promoted considerably.

·         Provide big help for the caregivers by teaching them how to make better decisions on how to take care of their loved ones according their needs. The caregiver feels alleviated once the person begins with occupational therapy and positive changes begin happening.

Occupational therapy benefits people of all ages, however it has been proven to be especially beneficial to seniors who face challenges whether they are psychological, mental or physical. It takes the caregiver scenario to a positive happy place where quality of life is improved for both caregiver and loved one.