Occupational Therapy

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Occupational Therapy FAQ

When needing to know about a subject, people tend to look for information and conduct research to familiarise themselves with the facts. Occupational therapy is no different and many people are using the internet through the use of search engines to find out what it is all about. This article will focus on some of the common occupational therapy FAQ's.

What is occupational therapy?

This of course the most commonly asked amongst occupational therapy FAQ's. Occupational therapy works to promote the health and enable people to live and sustain a life that is as independent as their condition allows. It is carried out by occupational therapists that are fully qualified and trained, to work with individuals in a number of places.

What conditions do occupational therapists work with?

Another popular one of the occupational therapy FAQ's. Occupation therapists treat people of all ages from children in paediatric care to adults and the elderly. They to care for people who suffer from a whole range of mental and physical health issues, these issues could be as a result of accident or injury or could be present since birth. Some of the common conditions of people that require the help of occupation therapy are:

  • Learning disabilities
  • Autism
  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer's
  • Eating and mood disorders
  • Addictions to substances or alcohol
  • Brains injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Cancer patients
  • Terminally ill patient
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Muscular Dystrophy

What places are occupational therapists found?

Occupational therapists can be seen working in many different places, client and patient homes is a popular one. They provide help and support through regular home visits, always helping the patient to live an independent life. Therapists are found working in many other places across the community and with organisations. Some common places and sectors that occupational therapy is used:

  • Hospitals
  • GP surgeries and primary care
  • Community centres
  • Schools
  • Housing associations
  • Charities
  • Refuge centres
  • Businesses and places of work
  • Solicitors

What does occupational therapy provide?

This is another widely asked of the occupational therapy FAQ's. Occupational therapy aims to help patients in whatever situation to live with a degree of independence. This is done in numerous ways. With paediatric care, therapists can work with children at home and school to promote health with activities such as painting and drawing, ball games to improve hand-eye coordination or with chores such as washing and tidying up. Therapists can also attend schools and homes to carry out risk and mobility assessments and recommended and install changes so that patients can be allowed to get around freely. Adults also benefit from these same assessments that can be carried out in places of work as-well as homes. Adult patients can have any equipment such as orthotics and wheelchairs provided by therapists, and can also be helped and taught to cook and clean for themselves. Tasks are applied to help patients integrate with society through going to the local shops and using public transport. Therapists can also aid in rehab with introducing exercises into patients daily lives.

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