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Back to the Basics – The Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapists play a vital role in improving and maintaining the quality of life, independence, and safety for long-term care residents.  Upon identification of a significant functional change and need for skilled therapy, Occupational Therapists complete a comprehensive evaluation to determine impairments and functional deficits in self-care, activities of daily living (ADL), functional mobility, strength, balance, range of motion, positioning, and cognitive skills.

Occupational Therapists make recommendations based on resident-specific needs for adaptive equipment aimed at improving resident independence and function.  Occupational Therapists train residents, caregivers, and family members on effective strategies to facilitate independence in bed mobility, transfers, and self-care, including self-feeding, oral hygiene, toileting hygiene, bathing, dressing, and grooming.  The Occupational Therapists are skilled in the provision of various programs, including strengthening, balance training, positioning, environmental modification, ADL training, low vision, dementia training and management, gross and fine motor training, and contracture management.  Through regular interdisciplinary communication and routine screening, Occupational Therapists identify opportunities to intervene in order to prevent or slow decline, reduce rehospitalization, decrease necessary caregiver assistance, reduce the risk of falls, and enhance overall quality of life for long-term residents.

Contact a member of the Paragon Team for more information on Occupational Therapy and join us next week for information regarding Physical Therapy!

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