What is Occupational Therapy and How Can it Improve ADLs.

SCCBedLadyAccording to Wikipedia, ADL’s or “activities of daily living“ is a term used in healthcare to refer to daily self care activities within an individual’s place of residence, in outdoor environments, or both. Healthcare professionals use this as a measurement of the functionality of a person, used primarily for the elderly or disabled.Basic ADLs are activities that a personal normally does for themselves, such as eating, dressing, bathing, grooming, personal and toilet hygiene, work, leisure and homemaker. There are also Instrumental ADLs, these are not needed for functioning at the fundamental level but are things that allow a person to live independently in the community. This includes things like managing money, shopping, housework, taking medications, food preparation, communication and transportation.

As you age, the Instrumental ADLs may be done by another person due to limited mobility or other age related conditions. You may suffer from an injury that might require some extra help, but you can still live on your own. This is usually when Occupational Therapy is helpful. Occupational therapy is helping people of all ages participate in activities that they need to do in their daily lives. Treatments are developed to help the patient recover or maintain the work skills and activities of daily living as a result of a mental, developmental or medical condition. The practice of occupational therapy is client-centered that works with the patient to achieve their goals of recovery or adapt to their environment. An occupational therapist works closely with the patient, focusing on the activities that are meaningful to the patient.

At Senior Care Centers, we have facilities that include independent living, assisted living, long-term care, short-term rehab, skilled nursing and memory care. When you are deciding which facility would work best, we offer a Care Assessment that can help you determine which facility might work best for you depending on the level of ADL’s and IADL’s that you are comfortable with performing on your own. With this information, our occupational therapist are able to devise a plan to help you achieve the level of independence that you want to attain or help you maintain your current level of independence. They are able to help you adapt to your environment or modify the activity by teaching a new skill or practicing and old skill through on going therapy sessions.

When you join our Senior Care Center family, we work with you and your loved ones to create an individual care plan that is going to work best for you, allowing you to live as independently as you can. The occupational therapists at Senior Care use the Individual Care Plans, Quality of Life Specialists, and Resident Wellness Programs to create a lifestyle for our patients that allows them to achieve the best well being possible.



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