Occupational Therapists

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Occupational therapists help people to develop or adapt the skills they need to get back to everyday living. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the role occupational therapists play in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Occupational therapists help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities.

Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing support for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.

Occupational therapy services typically include:

an individualized evaluation, during which the client, family members and occupational therapist determine the persons goals,

customized intervention to improve the persons ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals, and

an outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met or make changes to the intervention plan.

Occupational therapy services may include comprehensive evaluations of the clients home and other environments, recommendations for adaptive equipment and training in its use, and guidance and education for family members and caregivers.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.