Celebrating OT Month!
Published on April 5, 2019
April is OT month, and is “vitally important profession that helps people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. Your holistic and customized approach to evaluations, interventions, and outcomes help a child with disabilities participate in school and in social situations, assist a person recovering from injuries to regain skills, aid an older adult to stay as independent as possible, and offer the specialized support and services to people of all ages and in all circumstances that only occupational therapy can provide,” as described on the AOTA website.
How does a typical day look for a Paragon Occupational Therapist? Most Occupational Therapists will tell you that no two days are the same. Working for Paragon, therapists have the opportunity to provide treatment to patients in short term rehab, long-term care, outpatient, and home health settings. The variety of treatment interventions is endless.
Occupational Therapists typically begin their day assisting with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), which may include eating, bathing, or dressing. Often, the goal is to allow patients to remain as independent as possible. Treatment sessions may focus on instruction of compensatory strategies or relearning a skill.
Throughout the day, Occupational Therapists continue to focus on function while addressing areas such as upper extremity function, cognition, vision, and positioning. Use of activity analysis to break down larger tasks into smaller steps is a skilled technique used by Occupational Therapists and it allows patients the opportunity to complete meaningful tasks on their own. Occupational Therapists may spend a treatment session with a patient in their home during a home assessment to recommend modifications for safe return to the community.
By the end of the day, Occupational Therapists interact with patients, family members, and staff. Working with an interdisciplinary team, Occupational Therapists ensure a high level of customer service and quality care while achieving functional gains.