• Why you may need an OT

    Posted on April 19, 2010 by in Featured

    April is OT Month and all this month we’ve been discussing the role of occupational therapists (OTs).  OTs work with a wide population ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics.  In the home setting with adults with physical impairments, OTs may work with individuals whose diagnoses include:

    • Arthritis
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Knee and hip replacements
    • Strokes
    • Macular degeneration
    • Diabetic retinopathy
    • Diabetes

    OTs may work in the home with people on functional daily living skills that include:

    • Improving independence with dressing, toileting, bathing
    • Using adaptive equipment to help increase independence with self help skills
    • Training individuals to get in and out of the tub/shower and on and off the commode safely following a disability or injury
    • Preparing meals safely

    Another important role of the OT may include providing clients with home safety information, performing a home safety assessment, and making recommendations that can improve the safety and independence in the home.

    The AARP recommends OTs be utilized to assist people in identifying ways to improve home safety and for recommending home modifications.  Some OTs choose to become certified in the area of home modification.  Some earn the Certified Aging in Place (CAPS) designation by taking courses through the National Home Builders Association.  Other OTs earn specialty certification in environmental modification through the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), the national association for OTs.

    To learn more about occupational therapy, check out the following links:  Occupational Therapy: Helping America Age in Place, AARP