Occupational and recreational therapists

Occupational therapists (OTs) have the position to help your clients improve their motor skills and their sensory abilities. They also help to ensure patient safety in the post-stroke period.
OTs help stroke survivors to relearn the skills that they lost due to the stroke that they suffered from. Many of the skills are needed to perform self-directed activities, or occupations, such as personal grooming, preparing meals and taking care of one’s house. Although you, as a caregiver, can help with many of these tasks, in order for your client to recover as completely as possible from the effects of their stroke, they need to relearn these skills for their own sake.
Specialized OTs can even help to teach some of your clients that have suffered from a stroke to be able to drive their vehicle again by providing on-road training. Many times they teach these more difficult skills by teaching them to divide a complex activity into its component parts, practice each part, and then perform the whole sequence of actions. This strategy can improve coordination and may help people with apraxia relearn how to carry out planned actions.
Another task that OTs can teach is for them to develop compensatory strategies and help them to change some of the elements of their environment that potentially limit their activities of normal daily living. What does this mean? Well, perhaps, instead of using one hand and trying to button their shirt, perhaps Velcro can replace the buttons or maybe hook and loop fasteners can replace the buttons on their clothing thus making it easier for them to carry forth this task with one hand.
Besides personal maintenance, OTs may even be able to help your clients change things up in their households to make daily living easier for them. By doing so, the OTs can help your clients increase safety, remove barriers, and even facilitate physical functioning by doing simple things like having bars installed in bathrooms.
On the flipside, recreational therapists are put into place to allow your clients that suffer from a variety of disabilities to develop and use their leisure time to enhance their health, independence and their very quality of life. By accentuating the positives that both types of therapists have to offer and by supporting their claims, you are once again showing your clients that you believe that With Age Comes Respect.


About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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