Occupational Therapy & Equipment Prescription
Occupational Therapy complements Physiotherapy in the healing and improvement of seniors’ quality of life. Occupational Therapists assist with solving problems that interfere with the performance of daily functions, identifying the issues and offering techniques and aides suited to the client’s needs. OTs can also help with the prevention of further problems.
Stella – Age: 84
Stella recently fell in her tub. Unfortunately she broke her hip and needed surgery.
As part of her rehabilitation, her PhysioCare at Home Occupational Therapist (OT) worked with her to regain independence in her activities of daily living, such as going to the bathroom (with a raised toilet seat and grab bars in her bathroom), getting dressed (with adaptive aides to help avoid bending), and problem solving with Stella on how to safely use her shower again (with a hand held shower head, tub bench and grab bar).
The OT also provided suggestions for energy conservation within Stella’s routine, to help prioritize daily activities while lowering her risk of falls. To help Stella’s progress, the OT collaborated with nursing staff on her floor to implement the changes in her care plan to enhance her independence.
For outings with Stella’s family, the OT prescribed a wheelchair that would meet her needs and functional goals.
After 4 weeks of visits from the OT, Stella is now independently using the bathroom, getting dressed without any aides, and enjoying a shower twice a week while sitting on her new bench. She also enjoys dinners out with her family at her favorite restaurant.
(Note: This is a composite story based on the many common situations of clients we have worked with over the past several years.)